By Godwill Arthur-Mensah
Atuabo (W/R), Jan. 22, GNA – The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has awarded a contract for the construction of a second standard overhead compressor unit estimated at the cost of nine million dollars to a Canadian Company.
A survey and procurement processes had been completed for the commencement of the project, which would be completed within nine months.
Upon completion, the compressor would be in operation whenever the first compressor is shut down for routine maintenance works and during emergency situations.
Dr. George Sipa-Adjah Yanke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Gas, told journalists during the tour of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region on Thursday, when he announced the resumption of gas supply to the Volta River Authority after closure for maintenance works.
He stated that the second compressor would reduce the duration of the shutdown time of the gas plant from six to 18 months interval.
He said regular closure of the gas plant for routine maintenance had financial implications on the Company because it could not sell condensate, liquefied petroleum gas and transport lean gas to the VRA for power generation that affects its revenue generation.
Dr. Yankey indicated that the plant shutdown was mandatory based on manufacturer’s recommendations which required routine maintenance after 4,000 operational hours, and also comply with the insurer’s warranty provision protocol.
The CEO of the Gas Company added that it would continue supplying more than 100 million Standard Cubic Feet of gas per day (MMSCF/pd) to the VRA for generation of power.
He said his outfit was in discussion with the gas supply chain operators, including the Tullow Ghana Limited and VRA to harmonize their routine maintenance works, so as to prevent frequent power interruption.