Feasibility Study To Site Gas Infrastructure To Begin

gas plantA feasibility study is to be  conducted to ascertain the sites to construct gas infrastructure to store Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for power generation under the compact two of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).

The feasibility studies which will take one  year to complete will be conducted by CH2M-Hill Consultants of the UK, a global leader in delivering gas infrastructure in collaboration with the Millennium Development Authority, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, its agencies  and some civil society organisations.

Launching the programme in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum in-charge of Power, Mr. John Jinapor, said the country could not rely on crude oil to generate electricity due to the skyrocketing of the price of crude oil on the world market.

He said the Akosombo and Kpong dams could not sustain the country’s energy needs due to the dwindling of the water levels in the two dams.

He said energy remains the life blood of the country’s economy, saying without energy industry would not “function”.

The Deputy Minister explained that the recent energy crisis which hit the country, as a result of the   shortfall in supply of LNG from the West Africa Gas Pipeline, had seriously affected government’s revenue.

Against this backdrop, he said the government had decided to diversify her energy mix and focus on the use of LNG for power generation.

He said the outcome of the feasibility studies would determine the comprehensive measures to take to totally address the country’s energy problem.

The Team Leader of the CH2M, Ms Kirsty McConnell, said the project would immediately begin since the programme had been launched.

She said the feasibility would be done in three phases and involve an environmental impacts assessments on the areas to be selected for the project.

Ms. McConnell said her team would be travelling to Takoradi and Atuabo  to begin the project and  assured the government that her team would work assiduously to ensure the success of the project.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Gene A. Cretz, said reliable power supply would be a good omen to the country’s economy.

He said the US government was committed to supporting Ghana to address her power problems.

Ambassador Cretz stressed the need for the private sector to be  actively  involved to invest under the second compact of the MCA.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority, Ing. I. Kirk Koffi, said the successful implementation of the LNG project would bring a great relief to the VRA and the economy as a whole.

Currently, he said the VRA spent $3 million every month to buy crude oil to power its thermal plant to produce electricity. By Kingsley Asare

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