PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Ghana has been appointed as the transaction advisor to help in the transfer of government’s interest in the Ghana National Gas Company to Ghana National Petroloeum Corporation.
This was announced by the Finance Ministry in a statement signed by the Minister, Seth Terkper.
[contextly_sidebar id=”klbkSdtu7ou5B76m3t1MJ6GIEqc3KR4X”]The Minister had hinted of this move earlier when he presented the 2015 budget statement to Parliament in November.
According to Seth Terkper, the move will “consolidate the upstream and midstream gas subsector under a single institution to ensure efficiency, increased value creation and sustainable national development outcomes.”
PricewaterhouseCoopers will also “assist GNPC with the successful and effective integration of GNGC. “
When the deal is finally completed, Ghana gas will run as a subsidiary of GNPC.
Explaining the rational behind the decision to Parliament, the Finance Minister said this “will make it possible to ease the conditions that investors impose for the national gas aggregator and start financing projects in the oil and gas enclave immediately”.
Energy think-tank, the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has welcomed the announcement of the takeover.
Speaking in an earlier interview with Citi Business News, Director of Research and Evidence at ACEP, John Peter Amewu said a separate and independent gas company should not have been established in the first place.
By: Nana Boakye-Yiadom/citifmonline.com/Ghana