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Ghana Gas signs Onshore Transmission Pipeline agreement today

07 February 2017

Ghana Gas signs Onshore Transmission Pipeline agreement today

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-Dr George Adjah Sipah-Yankey — CEO, Ghana National Gas Company Limited

An agreement for an Onshore Natural Transmission Pipeline (NGTP) estimated to cost $500 million will be signed in Accra today.

Ghana Gas and Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group Co. Ltd are expected to enter into the agreement, which would lead to Ghana being gas sufficient by the last quarter of 2018.

Ghana has been struggling to get enough gas to power its power generating plants since 2012 resulting in intermittent supply of power to homes and businesses.

First gas from the project is expected to flow in the second quarter of 2018 to minimise the occasional gas curtailment to power plants in Tema and Takoradi

The gas pipeline will be fed with gas from the Jubilee, TEN and ENI projects offshore Western Region.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana National Gas Company Limited, Dr George Adjah Sipah-Yankey, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra yesterday that the first phase of the project which involved engineering works is almost complete.

According to him the actual construction phase, which would take 24 months, would begin within the next six months.

“This represents a significant chapter in the development of Ghana’s gas infrastructure,” Dr Sipah-Yankey noted.

Project components

The Ministry of Petroleum mandated Ghana Gas to build the Onshore Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline (NGTP) from Aboadze in the Western Region to Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

The 24-inch 290-kilometre Onshore Pipeline would pass through four regions – Western, Central, Eastern and Greater Accra.

It is expected to handle a maximum capacity of 380 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd) in phase one and up to a maximum capacity of 550 mmscfd in phase two.

The onshore pipeline is to be constructed on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model within 24 months.

Progress

Dr Sipah-Yankey said Ghana Gas had already confirmed the pipeline route and begun engineering studies for the project.

“Land acquisition, Environmental Impact Assessment along the pipeline route is expected to commence later this month,” Dr Sipah-Yankey said.

Benefits

The Ghana Gas CEO said “the pipeline will provide stable, and sustainable capacity for the evacuation of Ghana’s natural gas flows from the Tano Basin”.

The project is expected to also provide bi-directional transport of gas between critical load centres of Takoradi and Tema and to provide supply-security between the two key market points.

“With 400-km of pipeline between Atuabo and Tema, the facility will also provide significant mobile gas storage for strategic delivery to the downstream power plants in the event of supply outage,” Dr Sipah-Yankey noted.

He added that “upon completion of the pipeline, Ghana Gas would have constructed a national gas infrastructure that spans about 80 per cent of Ghana’s coastal frontier.”

Source: Daily Graphic