Managers shut down the Chinese- built Ghana gas processing plant at Atuabo, 332 km west of the capital here, on Thursday for a scheduled maintenance work.

The statement issued by the Public Affairs Department of the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) said the 25-day shutdown would enable engineers to undertake planned routine maintenance work on the facility.

The Atuabo gas processing plant depends on gas from Ghana’s Jubilee and Tweneboa-Enyinra-Ntome (TEN) fields. The Jubilee partners also announced a shutdown of the production vessel FPSO Kwame Nkrumah on Thursday for the first of three remedial works scheduled for this year to repair damaged Turret Bearing on the vessel.

The statement added that necessary measures were being taken to ensure minimum disruptions in power supply, as Ghana’s dependence on gas-fired thermal plants is critical to its power supply with hydro generation expected to dip during the ongoing dry season.

“During the shutdown, expansion works will be carried out on our Regulating and Metering Station (RMS) infrastructure at Takoradi (218 km west of the capital) which will help increase gas handling capacity from the current 135mmscf/d (Million Standard Cubic Feet per day ) to 405mmscf/d,” the release stated.

This planned maintenance and expansion work, the gas company added, would benefit planned government projects such as railway expansion project, fertilizer production plant, as well as a industrialization projects.

Ghana gas also expects to carry out a tie-in at Sanzule, near Atuabo, to enable about 170 mmscf/d of gas to be transported from the ENI Sankofa Off Cape Three Points (OCTP) field through pipelines in the Western power enclave to the eastern power enclave via the West African Gas Pipeline.

A second tie-in with Marinus Energy Limited will also result in the delivery of Isopentane for power production under minimal environmental impact.

Marinus operates a 93-Mega Watts power generating plant at Atuabo where Ghana’s Chinese-built Gas Processing Plant is located. Enditem


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