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Ghana Gas To Shut Down Atuabo Gas Plant On Thursday

  • POSTED ON: January 31, 2018
  • SOURCE: Peacefmonline
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The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has announced the company will shut down the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant to allow for a routine maintenance on the facility.

The plant shutdown will commence on Thursday, February, 1, 2018 to help improve upon the plant’s capacity and also prolong its lifespan.

In a statement signed by the Head of Communications for Ghana Gas, Ernest Kofi Bempah and copied to Peacefmonline.com, “the scheduled temporary shutdown, which would last February 1st, 2018 and February 25th, 2018 is to allow our team of engineers to undertake a planned routine maintenance on the facility to help improve upon plant’s capacity as well as prolong its lifespan. All key stakeholders including Ghana Gas, Tullow Oil, ENI, Volta River Authority (VRA) and Marinus have put in place the necessary mechanisms to reduce the shutdown duration which would have taken a total of 55 days to 25 days.”

“The Board of Directors, Management, Operations team, together with all our partners are working together to ensure that there is minimal disruption to power supply during the period”, the statement further read.

Read full statement below:

PLANNED MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN OF ATUABO GAS PROCESSING PLANT

The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) wishes to inform all stakeholders including gas producers, power consumers and the general public that it has scheduled a planned maintenance shutdown of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant starting February 1st, 2018. This outage is consistent with other shutdowns planned by our upstream and downstream partners.

The scheduled temporary shutdown, which would last February 1st, 2018 and February 25th, 2018 is to allow our team of engineers to undertake a planned routine maintenance on the facility to help improve upon plant’s capacity as well as prolong its lifespan. All key stakeholders including Ghana Gas, Tullow Oil, ENI, Volta River Authority (VRA) and Marinus have put in place the necessary mechanisms to reduce the shutdown duration which would have taken a total of 55 days to 25 days.

The Board of Directors, Management, Operations team, together with all our partners are working together to ensure that there is minimal disruption to power supply during the period.

During the shutdown, expansion works would be carried out on our Regulating and Metering Station (RMS) infrastructure at Takoradi which would help increase gas handling capacity from the current 135mmscf/d to 405mmscf/d. The increased capacity would add an additional 270mmscf/d capacity to the facility.

Upon completion of the maintenance works, major planned government projects such as the railways expansion project and the fertilizer production plants and other key government industrialization projects are expected to benefit.

The following key benefits are also expected from the remediation and expansion works:

a) Increased supply of 200mmscf/d together with the ENI’s compressor.
b) A tie-in at Sanzule would allow ENI to transport about 170mmscf/d of lean gas from the Western power enclave and to the Eastern power corridor via the West African Gas Pipeline.
c) A tie-in with Marinus would also be undertaken for the delivery of Isopentane which would be used for power production and also minimize environmental impact.
d) Tullow Ghana would also undertake necessary remediation works on the turret bearing of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).

The Board and Management of Ghana Gas wish to assure all stakeholders that we will be working with our partners to ensure system stability during the shutdown period and minimize the impact on power supply.

Signed

Ernest Kofi Owusu-Bempah
Head of Communications

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