The news of the Atuabo gas has come as a huge relief to all Ghanaians, and undoubtedly, raised hopes that we are getting close to solving the country’s energy deficit.

It is good news that the Atuabo Gas Plant has been finally completed, after the successful hydro testing of the pipelines from offshore to the facility, last Monday.

According to media reports, the facility has the capacity of producing about 140 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day, which is estimated to save the country about $500 million annually.

Furthermore, it will produce over 70 per cent of the estimated 240,000 tonnes of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) required for domestic use, annually.

The report said the successful hydro-testing was testimony of the pipelines’ readiness to carry gas from the Jubilee Partners operating the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah production platform, for the gas processing to commence.

“The Ghana Gas project is now undergoing a pre-commissioning exercise to accept gas for processing and onward transmission to the Thermal Plant of the Volta River Authority at Aboadze, for power generation,” Dr. George Adjah Sipa-Yankey, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas), was quoted as saying, when some selected chiefs and officials of the Western Regional House of Chiefs toured the plant on Tuesday.

The Times commends Ghana Gas for the successful completion of the project, which by all accounts, will be of economic value to the nation.

We are no doubt hopeful that the facility will be used to process the estimated five trillion standard cubic feet (TCF) of the yet- to- be tapped gas, for both power generation and domestic use.

The fact that the Jubilee Project is expected to generate more than 1.2 trillion TCF of associated gas from oil, gives us the hope that there would be enough gas for the Ghana Gas Company.

Thankfully, that would bring to an end the flaring of gas, and its attendant environmental problems.

We commend all stakeholders, particularly the government, for their commitment to the project, since it will definitely contribute to the rapid industrialisation that the country is yearning for.

We also wish to encourage the Ghana Gas Company to adopt a high maintenance culture for the facility, to ensure its long lifespan, so that the country would reap maximum benefits from it.


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