Ghana is expected to produce 500 million standard cubic feet (scf) of gas by 2019.
That will be enough to power about 3,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation in the country.
The Minister of Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, announced this in Tamale at the launch of this year’s Consumer Week.
“We have projected that by 2019, the indigenous gas that we are going to produce in Ghana wil reach about 500 million scf,” he said.
This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Use LPG, save lives”.
According to the minister, the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant was supplying more than 100 million scf of gas to power the Aboadze thermal plant.
He said the plant was also producing gas as a by-product to support the country’s consumption of LPG.
“As we speak, almost 180,000 metric tonnes of LPG is being distributed throughout the country from the Atuabo Processing Plant,” he said.
He stated that the ministry was undertaking a $70-billion project to produce 170 million scf of gas in the country.
He urged LPG companies to take advantage of the business opportunities that existed in the sector by expanding their supply outlets, especially in rural communities.
He said the ministry had so far distributed 20,000 cylinders and stoves in eight districts to encourage the use of LPG, adding: “We hope to distribute an additional 20,000 cylinders and stoves by the end of the year.”
Mr Buah, however, implored the beneficiaries of the Rural LPG Promotion Programme not to revert to the use of firewood and charcoal to defeat the purpose of the initiative.
The Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Mr Moses Asaga, said the objective of this year’s event was to promote the use of LPG in the three northern regions.
According to him, the area accounted for less than three per cent of the total national consumption of LPG.
That, he said, was due to the large dependence on firewood and charcoal for domestic fuel in the said regions.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, called for a safety campaign on the use of LPG to reduce the accidents associated with its use.
Source: Daily Graphic
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