Minister of Energy, Hon. Emmanuel Kofi Buah has concluded that the energy crises in the country will be a thing of the past in 2017 considering the fact that about 30 million standard of cubic feet of gas has been tested in the VRA power plant to generate 125 megawatts of power to shore up the country’s energy needs.
According to the Energy Minister, the testing is still at the pre-commissioning stage which is required to last the whole December this year.
He insisted that the Atuabo Gas Plant has not started commercial production yet but in the process of testing, the gas will be supplied to the power generational centers within the 45 days the Energy Commission has given for the testing.
Speaking with Chairman General, Kwame Sefa-Kai, the host Peace Fm’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, Hon. Kofi Buah hinted that LPG power testing is ongoing as 70 percent of gas is expected to be produced from the same Jubilee Oil for Ghanaians consumption.
To him, with the certificate from the Energy Commission for Atuabo Gas Processing Plant to test from its off-shore pipeline from 110km to Aboadze Thermal Plant, Ghana has made history in the era where there is a certainty about gas produced from own offshore pipeline.
“Ghana has made history; for the first time in the history of Ghana, we are testing gas in the offshore pipeline. We are still at the commercial stage; we are only testing the machines and we have not started commercial production….commissioning is going well and we are beginning a journey in the gas era where we can have some certainty about gas we’ve produced from our offshore pipeline”, he stated.
He assured that President Mahama is still committed to making the energy crises a thing of the past as the $500 million money from the Millennium Challenge Account for the energy sector will be used to transform the distribution service of ECG.
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