Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has noted with displeasure a publication featured on the Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 edition the Chronicle, captioned “Gas project progresses steadily” which was subsequently replicated across a section of the media.
The feature alleged that some of the line pipes that have recently been received by Ghana Gas for the construction of the gas pipeline from Atuabo to the Aboadze Thermal Plant “are of inferior quality”. Worst still, this comment was attributed to the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas- Dr. George Sipa Yankey.
Ghana Gas wishes to make it clear that the Chief Executive Officer, Dr George Sipa Yankey, does not and has never cast doubt over the specifications and quality of the pipes supplied for the project neither has he ever stated anywhere that “some of the pipes are of inferior quality”.
In an interaction with journalists in Takoradi after inspecting the second and last consignment of the line pipes from China, Dr Sipa Yankey maintained that the quality of the pipes are consistent with applicable international codes and standards. However, Ghana Gas contracted an engineering firm- VELOSI to undertake rigorous checks to ensure that any possible damage to pipe coating (as a result of handling and transportation) were detected, isolated and repaired as required.
Ghana Gas wishes to remind the Chronicle paper and indeed all media houses that we operate an open house policy with the mass media and are therefore willing to clarify any prevailing concerns of theirs before going to press.
Finally, Ghana Gas wishes to reassure the good people of Ghana that we do maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism in all our operations as we are motivated to fulfil our mission, which is “to contribute to Ghana’s rapid industrialization process by building the infrastructure required for gathering, processing and delivery of natural gas resources to industry in a safe, cost effective, responsible and reliable manner.”