The Ghana Gas Company has begun production of gas in commercial quantities.
The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has begun commercial production of gas from the Jubilee Fields after successfully completing the commissioning of the $1 billion Western Corridor gas infrastructure development project in the Western region.
As of last Monday, the company was producing and supplying about 80 million standard cubic feet (mscf) of gas to the Aboadze Thermal Plant in the Shama District.
The official completion of the commissioning process, which involved checking, inspecting and testing of the integrated systems and facilities of the project for functionality, reliability and safety, ended on March 31, 2015.
The facilities include the Offshore Pipeline, the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant and the Onshore Pipeline.
Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Gas Company made this known on Thursday 19, March when they appeared before the Assurance Committee of Parliament.
Kofi Buah said Ghana Gas had not yet gone into commercial operation because the “plants have not been ready to take the full volumes of the gas” as indicated.
He stated that “government is hoping to get VRA to have a sustainable intake over 90 million then at that point, they can work with the EPA to be able to push to get to the maximum capacity of 150 for about 72 hours”
The CEO of Ghana Gas Company, Dr George Sipa Yankey added that about $1 billion has been spent on the project.
According to him, the Ghana government contributed 15 percent of the cost with the rest coming from a Chinese Development Bank loan