Relief Nigeria Gas defers decision to cut gas supply to Ghana

Earlier, the Ministry of Power was optimistic that the high-powered delegation sent to Nigeria to negotiate Ghana’s debt with the management of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAPCo) will bring home positive news.

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Minister of Power,  Dr. Kwabena Donkor play

Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor

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Nigeria Gas (N-Gas) has deferred its decision to cut gas supply to Ghana from Nigeria.

The company that ships gas to the Volta River Authority (VRA) through the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAGPCo) had notified the Volta River Authority (VRA) that it may cut gas supply to it if the VRA fails to honour its US$103 million debt owed them by Thursday October 15, 2015.

Managing Director of West African Gas Pipeline Company, Walter Perez [in spectacles] said, the Volta River Authority has been owing the company play

Managing Director of West African Gas Pipeline Company, Walter Perez [in spectacles] said, the Volta River Authority has been owing the company

 

READ MORE: > Dumsor Govt to build $250mil gas pipeline as substitute for WAGPCO

President John Mahama subsequently sent a delegation to Nigeria to solve the matter amicably.

Hariet Wereko Brobbey, Corporate Communications Manager for WAGPCo on Friday morning explained that N-Gas has asked it to defer the decision to cut the supply as a result of ongoing negotiations between Ghana and Nigeria over the debt.

"We [WAPCo] received verbal information that pending the outcome of the ongoing discussions, the curtailment has been deferred. So based on that WAGPCo did not take any action. What it means is that gas is flowing through the pipeline as we speak," she said on Joy FM.

Earlier, the Ministry of Power was optimistic that the high-powered delegation sent to Nigeria to negotiate Ghana’s debt with the management of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGPCo) will bring home positive news.

READ MORE: > WAGPCo talks will yield positive results – Power Ministry

“It is the President that has sent this high powered delegation there and I believe that it is going to work out for the country… I cannot say for sure but I believe that by Friday, we will get some positive news,” Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry, Kweku Sesah Johnson said on Unique FM’s Behind the News programme on Thursday.

According to the Power Ministry’s PRO, the VRA is indebted to WAGPCo due to the ineffective tariff regime existing in the country.

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