Ghana Gas begins construction of Aboadze-Tema Pipeline

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Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has commenced preparations for the construction of a gas pipeline stretching from Aboadze in the Western Region to the Tema Power Enclave (TPE) in the Greater Accra Region to boost energy supply in the country.

The 278 km gas pipeline, when completed, is expected to wheel about 60million metric standard cubic feet of gas per day from the Volta River Authority (VRA) plant at Aboadze to the (TPE).

The 24-inches diameter pipe would pass through four regions- Western, Central, Eastern and Greater Accra.

The project, estimated at about $500 million, is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement under the Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model.

Dr. Ben Asante, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GNGC, disclosed this on Thursday at the Western Regional House of Chiefs (WRHC) in Sekondi when he visited the House to solicit the chiefs’ support for the execution of the upcoming project.

Currently, the gas processing plant at Atuabo transports about 100 million metric standard cubic feet of gas per day to the VRA plant at Aboadze therefore linking Aboadze to the TPE would ensure the extension of energy supply for industrial enhancement, he said.

He said gas-dependent industries such as those engaged in Ethanol production, mineral processing and fertilizer would benefit immensely from the project.

He said some of the major challenges GNGC had to grapple with during the construction of gas pipeline from Atuabo to VRA at Aboadze were issues of compensation and “Right of Way” acquisition therefore implored the chiefs to support GNGC in this new project since the same challenges could arise.

Before the project begins, he said GNGC would embark on intensive community sensitization to educate the public on it and conduct topographic and geotechnical surveys for the smooth take-off of the project.

Speaking on behalf of the chiefs, President of the WRHC, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, pledged their support for the project and promised to assist in ensuring its success.

Source: Marlvin-James Dadzie

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