The Ghana Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas) has explained that the decision to shut down the Atoabo Gas Processing Plant was part of measures to improve electricity generation in the country as government works to find a lasting solution to the power crisis.
A statement issued and signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Gas, Dr. George Sipa-Adjah Yankey, said the shutdown was as a result of works currently taking place at the Aboadze Power Enclave to tie in the Africa Middle East Investment (AMERI) Plant to the Volta River Authority facilities.
Ghana Gas has shut down operations since Monday, November 23, 2015, to allow for the AMERI to be connected to the gas supply system of the company and the connection is expected to be completed on Friday, November 27, 2015.
The shutdown, according to the statement, copied The Ghanaian Times in Accra, was to protect the integrity of ongoing works and facilities of the VRA and the company, and also to ensure the safety of VRA and Ghana Gas engineers working on the project.
Ghana Gas, as part of its collaborative effort with VRA and to expedite the tie-in works, supplied all the piping, valves and fitting for the works at Aboadze, and engineers of both the VRA and Ghana Gas are jointly working around the clock to complete the works on time, the statement added.
“Ghana Gas has confidence in the efforts of the Power Ministry and the government to end the current power challenges, and is committed to continuing with its close collaborators with the VRA and other relevant agencies to realise this goal,” it stated.
The statement comes on the heels of a banter between the Ghana Gas Company and the Power Ministry on Tuesday over what might have resulted in the shutdown.
While the Power Ministry seemed to be in agreement with the Chief Executive of the Ghana Gas, on why the gas plant was shut down, the Corporate Communications Manager at Ghana Gas, Alfred Ogbame described the claims by the ministry as “erroneous”.
He argued that the VRA, before requesting that the gas plant was shut down for the connection of the AMERI, had assured that it had adequate arrangements, for light crude oil to power its Aboadze plant in order to avoid any shortfall in energy generation and could not attribute the heightened energy defect in the country to the shutdown.
It is, however, expected that when the tie-in works are completed, the AMERI plant would generate 250 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid bringing to 850 MW the total amount of power produced at the Aboadze Plant.
By Times Reporter