Monday, November 24, 2014

Dumsor to ease; Ghana Gas readies to pump 30 million cubic feet of gasto VRA




Power producer, Volta River Authority (VRA), is expected to receive gas in the coming days from the Atuabo Gas Processing plant as the Ghana National Gas Company nears commissioning.

The Ghana Gas Company has so far been able to test its pipelines and is due to increase gas production to help in fixing the energy crisis currently facing the country, according to the Board Chairman of the Ghana Gas Company.

According to Dr Kwesi Botchwey, gas is currently running through the entire offshore pipeline from Atuabo to the Ghana Gas Regulatory and Metering Station (TRMS) at Aboadze.

The next objective of the commissioning process, according to Dr Botchwey, is to get enough volumes of gas to the VRA’s tie-in valve.

Dr Botchwey revealed in a statement that after Ghana Gas has received appropriate permits from the regulatory agencies, it is targeting a test ramp-up of up to 30 million standard cubic feet per day of gas which should allow VRA to produce up to 100 megawatts of power on a trial basis.

Considering that over 300 megawatts is being shed currently, this should help ease the ongoing erratic power cuts.

Ghana Gas is also promising to provide the public with regular updates on the commissioning phase until the gas can be regularly supplied to the VRA Aboadze Complex on a commercially sustainable basis.

Read Dr Kwesi Botchwey’s full statement below:

STATEMENT BY GHANAGAS ON THE WESTERN CORRIDOR GAS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

Further to my statement issued on November 11, 2014, I am pleased to provide the following update on the progress of works on the gas infrastructure project.
The commissioning process has been continuing steadily and the team of engineers and the Contractors have been hard at work putting all the equipment through their paces to ensure that they are properly aligned, calibrated and properly functional on an integrated basis. Challenges encountered are being promptly handled to ensure that the commissioning programme is kept on track.
So far, some successes have been chalked and specification quality gas has been produced at the Gas Processing Plant at Atuabo and introduced into the offshore pipeline on a ramping basis.
Currently therefore, there is gas in the entire length of the offshore pipeline from Atuabo all the way to the Ghana Gas’ regulatory and metering station (TRMS) at Aboadze.
The next objective of the commissioning process is to garner enough volumes of gas to be able to introduce gas from the GhanaGas TRMS to the VRA’s tie-in valve.
At this stage, following the receipt of the appropriate permits from the regulatory agencies, GhanaGas is targeting a test ramp-up of up to 30 Million standard cubic feet per day (30MMSCF) of specification quality lean gas which should allow VRA to produce up to 100 MW of power on a trial basis.
It is emphasised that our engineers are collaborating closely with VRA’s engineers during this test phase. It is therefore our expectation that the commissioning process will continue on a smooth and safe basis for us to achieve successful closure.
I wish to take this opportunity to request all persons and communities located along the pipeline route to ensure that they desist from any practices that could pose a danger to themselves and the pipeline.
We count on their cooperation and their community support.
We will continue to provide the Ghanaian public with regular updates on the integrated commissioning phase until we are finally ready to provide regular supplies of lean gas to the VRA Aboadze Complex on a commercially sustainable basis.
DR. KWESI BOTCHWEY BOARD CHAIRMAN
Accra: November 23, 2014

Source: Myjoyonline.com