The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Gas Company, Dr. George Sipa Yankey, says 72 percent works on the Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development project ongoing at Atuabo in the Western Region is complete.
He said although the project would not be completed as scheduled in December due to initial financial constraints and loss of some construction materials in turbulent sea in South Africa early this month, his outfit was hopeful that the project would be completed by March next year.
Dr. Yankey said this when a delegation from Tullow Ghana Limited and Volta River Authority visited the project site at Atuabo in the Ellembelle District on Thursday.
He said frequent meetings would be held by partners in the petroleum industry, especially those in the management chain, to share information on the project in order to increase understanding and transparency.
He noted that the implementers of the project had assembled the best companies in the petroleum industry from Aecom in the US, Thermo Design Engineering from Canada, Yokogawa from Japan, Technip from France and Worley Parson from the United Kingdom to support Sinopec of China to complete the project.
He maintains that the gas infrastructure project was important to the development aspirations of the country since it would half the $3million dollars the VRA spent in purchasing crude oil daily for power generation.
Dr. Yankey said the gas processing plant was expected to receive 140 million Standard Cubic Feet of raw gas per day from the Jubilee Oilfield. The plant would separate raw gas into various components such as lean gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas liquid as well as other mineral residues like propane, bitumen and others.
The lean gas would then be transmitted through the pipelines to the Aboadze metering station for power generation.
Dr. Yankey said so far, both the onshore and offshore pipelines from the Jubilee Oilfield to Atuabo through to Aboadze Thermal Plant had been laid. Two LPG storage tanks that would store 4,000 metre cube of gas were nearing completion.
Mr. Charles Darku, General Manager of Tullow Ghana Limited, expressed the optimism that the project would be completed as planned.