The Ghana Gas Company says it will scale-up the supply of gas for electricity generation to the Volta River Authority, after the power producer completes the requisite work at its Aboadze Thermal Plant Complex.
The company in a statement issued in Accra and signed by Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, Board Chairman of the company, said: “We are currently awaiting VRA to complete the requisite work at its Aboadze Thermal PlantComplex to enable it increase its available generating capacity. Once ready, it will bepossible for us to increase our off-take of raw gas from the Jubilee Field’s FPSO Kwame Nkrumah to supply VRA lean gas at the optimal 120 million standard cubic feet per day (120MMSCFD)”.
Issues were raised about the adequacy of gas volume supplied from the Jubilee Oil and Gas Fields to the country’s gas processing plants and onward supply to power thermal plants in Aboadze for electricity generation.
Data available to the B&FT indicate that the volume of gas supplied for power generation as at January 5, 2015 was 57 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (MMSFCD) with an inlet and outlet pressure of about 43.3/35.3 bar.
This was attributed by B&FT sources to challenges with Tulow’s FPSO gas export compressor.
The Ghana Gas Company in the statement however said: “We have also taken note of the recent commentary on challenges with Tullow’s FPSO gas export compressor. We are pleased to note that after a series of intermittent interruptionsfrom the FPSO (spanning from a few minutes to as long as 15 hours) we have since Monday, January 5, 2015 not experienced any compressor trips from the FPSO.
“Our engineers have met with Tullow’s engineers to explore ways of averting unwarranted occurrences and weare pleased with the outcome of discussions and resultant actions,” the statement said.
The statement assured that: “The GPP is operating satisfactorily to supply the Volta River Authority (VRA) with lean gas for power production, and to produce Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as well as other condensates for the downstream market. Aboadze is still relying solely on gas from Atuabo to power the various plants in the enclave”.