Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko has confirmed that the West African Gas Pipeline's Reverse Gas Flow Project should be ready by Q2 2018, for the transportation of gas from Aboadze to Tema for power generation.
GhanaWeb reported that at present, gas from oilfields on the West coast only terminates at the Aboadze thermal enclave in the Western Region.
However, Agyarko affirmed that the project is progressing steadily and is on course to be completed before the first gas from the Sankofa-Gye Nyame field come on-stream by the end of Q2 next year.
While addressing members of parliament, the Minister touched on some of the major project updates including the conclusion and signing off of the Gas Transportation Agreement (GTA) between the Ghana National Gas Company (GNPC) and West African Pipeline Company (WAPCo).
He said all other agreements are at the final stages and signing off. They include: Construction Management Agreement (CMA) between Eni Ghana and WAPCo; CMA between Eni Ghana and GNGC; Tie-In and Interconnection Agreement between WAPCo and GNGC; and the Tie-In and Interconnection Agreement between Eni Ghana and GNGC.
“All these agreements are being negotiated concurrently, since they are independent of each other. The most critical activities [signing of the GTA Term Sheet] and the award of the EPC contract have been undertaken and the project is on schedule to meet its completion date,” he said.
He also added that the Ministry has tasked the parties to conduct a detailed hydraulic flow modelling study in order to fully ascertain the operational need for the 2nd lateral line at Tema.
The parties involved include Eni Ghana, WAPCo, GNGC and GNPC with technical assistance being provided by the World Bank under the Project Preparation Facility.
In a separate interview last week with GhanaWeb, Agyarko indicated that power producers are going to switch to the use of gas against crude for thermal power production.
“We are going to switch a lot of the producers to gas. Power producers that we have met have seen reason in what we are saying. So we have met with a lot of the energy producers and have had some agreements,” he said.
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