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The Ghanaian minister of petroleum, Emmanuel Kofi Armah-Buah, gives details on the current state of the gas sector and the future plans through to 2019.

In West Africa, with plans to utilise gas for other industrial uses beyond power generation such as fertiliser and petrochemicals, Armah-Buah said the approval of a Gas Master Plan by Cabinet would address the country’s infrastructure gaps.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the ministry’s activity in the oil and gas industry, the petroleum minister added that the approval of the Master Plan would also clarify areas of priority in the power sector.

He also stated that the ministry has begun work on the development of a gas policy and a gas Act that would provide a transparent regulatory framework for the gas industry.

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Ghana’s minister of petroleum, Emmanuel Kofi Armah-Buah. Pic credit: Ministry of Petroleum

“The policy will address infrastructure requirements [such as] funding, institutional mandates for gas sector agencies and provide a revised gas pricing policy reflecting our developmental priorities as a country,” Armah-Buah said.

According to the media, the minister stated that the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) field has produced about 800,000 barrels of oil, and the gas export to the Gas Processing Plant is expected to begin in the Q1 2017.

Additional gas fields – petroleum minister

Armah-Buah said government was systematically developing additional gas fields and ramping up volumes in existing fields, media reported.

He added that in the next decade, 80% of country’s source of power would come from thermal generation with gas as the critical feedstock.

The petroleum minister further noted that with the various projects outlined by the ministry, gas volumes from indigenous fields will reach 350 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) by 2019. This is anticipated to be sufficient to generate over 2,000MW of power.

He stated that the Gas Processing Plant, which has a capacity of 150 MMSCFD was currently supplying about 80 MMSCFD of gas for power generation.

Armah-Buah continued stating that the plant was also producing about 500 metric tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per day, which is about 50% of the national demand.

“In addition to the main project, several ancillary projects within the gas corridor are being undertaken. These include the construction of asphalt road network, including construction of bridges for the safe evacuation of the LPG from the gas processing plant,” the minister said.

Backup overhead compressor

According to the minister, Ghana Gas has installed a backup overhead compressor to minimise interruptions to gas supply and commenced procurement and installation of a Mainline Compressor Station in anticipation of the Sankofa gas which would be available from Q2 2018.

“The Ghana Gas has completed the extension of its pipeline to the battery limit of the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company’s (WAPCo) Regulatory and Metering Station at Aboadze, awaiting WAPCo to interconnect to ensure bidirectional transportation of gas between the two critical load centres of Takoradi and Tema, and guarantee flexibility and security of supply.”

Armah-Buah said the cumulative production from the jubilee field as of September 2016, was approximately 181 million barrels of oil and 41 bcf of gas exported to the Gas Processing Plant and that about 80 MMSCFD was supplied to power plants to generate electricity.

Land assessment

The minister explained that the Voltaian Basin, which is reported to represent 40% of the country’s land mass, is under intensive assessment by Ghana National Petroleum Commission to determine its oil and gas prospectivity.

Armah-Buah said an environmental impact assessment has been completed in addition to procurement processes to acquire 2D seismic for the area.

Meanwhile, it is reported that Theophilus Ahwireng, CEO of the Petroleum Commission, stated on 4 August 2016 that the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Bill 2016, Act (Act 919) was passed into law replacing the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Law, 1984, Act 84.