The Ghana National gas company has assured that they won’t cut gas supply to the Volta River Authority (VRA) in the event the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant has to be shut down for planned maintenance works.
This according to the CEO of Ghana Gas George Sipa Yankey will be possible as a result of the installation of a new gas compressor at the facility.
“We are going to install a second compressor here. If we are able to do that, we may not necessary have to shut down the plant after every 4000 hours. We have to shut down every 4000 hours to service and overhaul our compressors here. And so if we have a second one, when we are ready to overhaul the first compressor, the second one also starts to operate.”
The installation works awarded to Propak, a Canadian company has been approved by the board of Ghana Gas.
Dr. Yankey speaking to journalist at the facility said “the board has approved and they have awarded it to a company who will do it in collaboration with a local contractor, and they have started working on it. When that happens, we will then shut down every eighteen months or a year or so. The drawings have been done, the procurement has also started, and hopefully at the end of a nine months period starting from now [January 21 2016], the installation will be.”
He also outlined other moves to ensure that mandatory maintenance works by other partners along the gas supply chain will be carried out in the same time.
He explained that “I’ve already started discussions with Tullow and VRA for us to be able to undertake other activities within the same period, so that once we all shut down for say a week, thereafter there will be no more shutdowns by another partner along the gas supply chain.”
By: Obrempong Yaw Ampofo/citifmonline.com/Ghana