Commissioning activities of the Gas infrastructure project have been progressing steadily.
As of Monday, December 1, 2014, activities and processes have been sufficiently stabilized
to the point where Ghana Gas is currently processing and making available to the VRA
thermal power plant complex approximately 32-35 MMSCFD of lean gas, enough to support
the generation of about 130-140 MW of electricity from the Aboadze complex out of the
maximum 550MW currently possible.
Ghana gas expects that the pace of commissioning will continue to be consolidated over the
next two weeks.
It is gratifying to note that at this stage, the electricity being generated by the VRA operating
units at the Aboadze Thermal Power Complex is currently produced exclusively with gas from
the Atuabo plant.
Ghana Gas has been advised that VRA is currently utilizing the available WAGP Gas in the
Tema power production enclave.
Ghana Gas intends to ramp up gas production from 60 MMSCFD to the target flow of 120
MMSCFD (the full complement of gas requirement at Aboadze and sufficient for the
generation of about 550MW of electricity) by end-December 2014, subject to the issuance of
the requisite permits from the Energy Commission and the Petroleum Commission to allow
the company to process and transport gas above 60 MMSCFD. VRA will also need to confirm
its readiness to take the higher flows as and when it is available.
DR. KWESI BOTCHWEY