President John Mahama , at the commissioning of the Bui Hydro-electric Power Project in the Brong Ahafo Region, said Ghana’s drive to process and produce her own gas will be achieved by the end of the year.
The President said he was convinced that the end of year target for the processing and production of gas was “realisable” .
Unlike energy crisis experienced previously, the current energy challenges has been attributed to unreliable supply of gas from Nigeria.
Nigeria reportedly supplies Ghana 60million standard cubic feet out of an expected 120million.
This situation was not lost on the President. It has informed Ghana’s move to hasten the drive to produce our own gas.
“Ultimately Ghana’s security was dependent on our own gas reserves”, the President said.
The President also revealed he had taken “a personal interest” in the progress of the project by the Ghana Gas company.
The multi-million dollar Ghana Gas Plant Project being constructed at Atuabo in the Ellembele District of the Western Region is expected be completed by the end of the year.
The Plant will enable safe commercial delivery of processed gas from Atuabo to the Aboadze-based Takoradi Thermal Processing Plant (TTPP). It will also to facilitate the transport of LPG from the same site to Domunli for onward evacuation to Accra by sea vessels.
But energy expert, Mohammed Amin Adam of the Africa Center for Energy Policy has said President Mahama’s promise to produce and process gas by the end of the year was unrealistic.
Asked if he believed this target by the President, Mr. Amin Adam responded “I don’t think so”.
He joins the likes of policy think-tank IMANI Ghana, in expressing skepticism about the project completion date.
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