Energy minister heads to Atuabo; promises not to risk gas plant

Energy Minster Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah is heading to the Atuabo Gas Plant where plans to introduce natural gas into the plant are being resisted by the Energy Commission.

Before setting off, Mr. Kofi-Buah promised that nothing will be done to risk the nearly one billion dollar plant which has taken years and complex engineering work to complete.

The Energy Commission Saturday issued an order to the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) not to “introduce hydrocarbons into any section of the gas processing plant.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, this means that until GNGC receives a written advice to the contrary, natural gas should NOT under any circumstances be introduced into any section of the processing plant,” the technical regulator emphasized.

The Ghana Gas Company was believed to be preparing to flow gas from the Jubilee oil field into the processing plant this week.

But the Energy Commission says that could risk the plant.

The commission in its letter said “It has come to the attention of the Energy Commission that there is still hot work activity (including welding) taking place on the processing plant” making it risky to introduce gas into the plant.

It asked GNGC to furnish it with specification information about the status of certain activities on the plant pending which no gas should be introduced into the facility

Energy Minister Kofi-Buah, told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson that “We will make sure the right thing is done in order to protect the plant.”

He said he was on his way to the plant to assess at first hand the concerns raised by the Energy Commission its letter.

Responding to concerns raised by independent auditors, the Wood Group, the Minister said the corrections requested by the Group have all been done.

The Director of Operations and Resource Mobilization at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Mr. Ben Boakye said the concerns of the Energy Commission must be taken seriously.

“If it is the case that pipelines are still being welded then there is a case to be made that we should not put natural gas into the plant,” he stated.

Mr. Boakye said the managers of Ghana Gas “Shouldn’t be in a hurry to tell the public gas is flowing.”

He said previous attempts to use Nigerian gas to test the plant indicate a certain desperation which must be tempered with.

He claimed the Commission has had difficulties reining in Ghana gas, a situation he says must change.

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