The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has taken delivery of3,271 steel pipes and other equipments for the execution of the Ghana National Gas Project at Atuabo in the Ellembelle District in the Western Region.
A second vessel was expected to dock at the Takoradi port with a total of 6,953 pipes.
A delegation from the Ghana National Gas Company ,including the company’s board chairman ,Dr. Kwesi Botchway,the Minister of Energy ,Mr. Joe Oteng-Adjei and his deputy ,Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah,the Chief Executive officer of the Ghana National Gas Company Limited ,Dr George Adjah-Sipa Yankey ,the Director of Commercialization (Ghana Gas),Mr. Victor Susah and the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Evans Paul Aidoo ,inspected the pipes and the equipment at the Takoradi Port.
The delegation also visited Manpon in the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis where some of the pipes are being temporarily stored.
All the pipes will be kept at 11 temporary sites along the 110kilometre route of the onshore gas pipeline to transport processed gas from Atuabo to the Takoradi Thermal Plant at Aboadze in the Shama district.
Dr. Kwesi Botchway was very happy that Sinopec International Service Corporation, Chinese contractors for the project were doing very well.
He was particularly happy that some of the equipment being used by the contractors was hired locally and also many Ghanaians were employed for the project.
Dr. Joe Oteng- Adjei, urged the contractors to make sure to complete the project with the same speed and commitment without compromising quality.
He asked for co-operation between the Chinese contractors and the communities particularly those along the route of the gas pipeline and not to cause unnecessary constraints to the contractors.
Dr. George Adjah-Sipa Yankey ,explained that although the project was to be executed in three years, the government wanted it completed within one year.
He said the gas project was a dream of the late President J. E. Mills, and that the late President would be very happy wherever he was if the company worked hard to achieve his dream.