Gov’t Okays Work At Atuabo

KOFI  ARMAH-BUAH-ENERGY  MIN. (4)The government has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing test-run of the Atuabo Gas Plant.

It said reports indicate that the test-run which was being used to warm up the machine had been positive, and likely to be completed between two weeks and two months depending on the outcome.

Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, the Minister of Energy, briefing the media during an interaction in Accra yesterday, said engineers were working feverishly on the test-run to ensure that the project met all international safety standards and approval from the local regulator, the Energy Commission.

The Minister, who did the briefing in the presence of officials of the ministry, and the Energy Commission, explained that the project, expected to produce 120 million cubic feet of gas per day, had been going through what is called commissioning, to verify and identify all the gaps in the complex project, before the start of commercial processing of gas, that would be transported for the Volta River Authority (VRA).

He said the Commission had also expressed satisfaction, and praised the quality of work that had been done by Sinopec, the Chinese firm executing the project, for delivering a safe plant for Ghana.

Asked about timeliness for beginning of the commercial production, the Minister said that would be determined after the successful completion of the test.

When the test-run is completed, he said, 120 million cubic feet per day of gas would be transported 60 kilometres to the Atuabo Plant for processing, and later transported to VRA’s generating plants to improve power generation.

“The good news is that when the gas project begins commercial production, it will reduce the importation of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) by 75 per cent,” he said.

He acknowledged that the current power generation capacity of the country was woefully inadequate, but with the coming on stream of the commercial gas, many more thermal generating plants would be installed to support the power production.

Dr. Kwame Ampofo, Chairman of the Energy Commission said, the Commission was fully satisfied with the progress of work so far on the gas plant, explaining that, efforts would be made to monitor the operations of the gas infrastructure.

He said the Commission had been paying particular attention to safety measures, and was satisfied that the engineers were adhering to high safety standards.

The project, he said, has implemented internationally acceptable safety measures, and was optimistic that the test-run process, would be successful for commercial production to take off smoothly.


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