The Atuabo Gas Processing Plant, operated by the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas), has resumed processing and production of various gas products after successfully undergoing its first planned mandatory maintenance.
The planned maintenance began on April 20, 2015 and was completed on April 29, 2015; nine days into the announced Fourteen (14)-day shutdown period.
Re-introduction of natural gas to the plant from the Jubilee Field and subsequent supply to the downstream off-takers began the following day, April 30, 2015.
As of today (Saturday, May 2, 2015), outputs of various gas products at the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant are as follows:
- Lean/Dry Gas – Fifty Four (54) million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas a day is being supplied to the Volta River Authority (VRA) through the Aboadze Thermal enclave.
- LPG – 370m3 or 205 metric tonnes of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) a day is being produced for the Ghanaian market.
- Condensates – 100m3 or 70 metric tonnes of condensates a day is being produced for energy generation in the Tema enclave.
It is important to note that processing of the various gas products is set to increase within the week as the Aboadze Thermal enclave increases its offtake.
Ghana Gas announced early last month that it would undertake its first planned mandatory maintenance of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant since gas production began at the plant. It said the gas processing plant would, therefore, be shut-down for a period ranging between Ten (10) to Fourteen (14) days.
It said the scheduled maintenance was a requirement by its vendors for certain critical components in the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant, particularly the compression facilities, which had been in continuous service for nearly 4,000 hours since installation and commissioning.
The shutdown, the company said, formed part of required safety protocols and were very essential for warranty assurance and viability of its operating insurance, given the multiple equipment manufacturers involved in the manufacturing of modules for the plant.
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