Ghana National Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas) has slammed attempts by the Ministry of Power to throw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians regarding reasons adduced by the latter for the current intensified load-shedding in the country.
Many areas especially in Accra in the last two weeks have been experiencing 12 hours of power on and 24 hours of no power with some going off for 48 hours.
Most local and foreign businesses, grappling with problems associated with the intermittent supply of electricity for several months, have decried the current situation.
On Tuesday, the Power Ministry told Ghanaians that the worsening energy situation in the country was as a result of a shutdown of Ghana Gas at Atuabo.
A statement signed by the head of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Power, Mr Kweku Sersah-Johnson, on the current increase in the quantum of load shedding in the country, said the shutdown is to enable the African Middle East Investment (AMERI) Power plant, which is to generate additional 250 MW of power when fully commissioned to be connected onto the gas supply system of Ghana Gas.
The Power Ministry's statement, comes on the heels of an earlier statement from the Electricity Company of Ghana indicating that 530MW load is going to be shed today.
“ECG is to undertake 530MW load relief between 18:00hrs and 06:00hrs due to insufficient power generation.”
According to the Ministry of Power, engineers of both the Ghana Gas and AMERI were working round clock to complete the connection of the gas line and to ameliorate the recent further decline in power supply in the country and appealed to the public to bear with the situation, “as the gas line connection is expected to be completed soon”.
But Ghana Gas in a response has refuted the claims saying "the assertion that the current increase in load shedding in the country has come about as a result of the shut down of Ghana National Gas Company limited (Ghana Gas) is incorrect."
The company says it has nothing to do with the situation as claimed by the Power ministry in its statement explaining why ECG is shedding more load.
Ghana Gas said it finds the Power Ministry's explanation of the issue "disingenuous".
Below is the full Ghana Gas statement.
GHANA GAS CLARIFIES INTERRUPTION OF GAS SUPPLY FROM ATUABO
The Ghana National Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas) wishes to correct an erroneous impression carrried in a press statement issued by the Ministry of Power today, 24th November, 2015, through its Head, Public Affairs, Mr Kweku Sersah-Johnson.
We wish to state the following:
1. That the assertion that the current increase in load shedding in the country “has come about as a result of a shutdown of Ghana National Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas)” is incorrect.
2. That Ghana Gas has no contract regarding the ongoing installation works by the African Middle East Investment (AMERI) power plant being installed at the Aboadze power enclave. However, because of the experience gained in pipelines construction over the past four years, Ghana Gas engineers are only assisting the VRA to connect the AMERI plant to its power systems.
The following are the facts.
On 12th November, 2015, Ghana Gas receieved a written request from the Volta River Authority, an agency under the Ministry of Power, to shut-down its processsing and supply of lean gas to enable it (VRA) to connect the AMERI Plant to its “existing gas pipeline in the week of November 23-27, 2015.”
Consequently, Ghana Gas honoured the request and shut down Atuabo yesterday, 23rd November, 2015 to enable the VRA and the sector Ministry to tie the AMERI Plant onto the VRA facilitities.
The shutdown of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant was, therefore, at the instance of the VRA, which claimed that it had made adequate arrangement for light crude oil to power its Aboadze Plant and avoid a shortfall in energy generation.
Ghana Gas, therefore, find the attempt by the Ministry of Power on this matter unhelpful.
For the records, Ghana Gas does not have any challenege, whatsoever, with the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant. The Plant has been operational since Ghana’s first indigenous natural gas made its way from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, through the 60-kilometre journey, to safely to land.
Today, 24th November, 2015 marks exactly a year since Ghana Gas delivered the first lean gas to the VRA. There has been no safety incidents recorded at the plant or unplanned outage within the same period.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
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