By Francis Tandoh
The Atuabo Gas Processing Plant has capacity to process additional gas from the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) Fields, Director of Operations for the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) said on Thursday.
Ing. Robert Kofi Lartey said here, 326 kms west of the national capital during a familiarization tour undertaken by members of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) to the only gas processing facility in the West African country.
The gas processing plant, constructed by Chinese company Sinopec, Lartey observed currently processes a little under 120 million scf of gas a day from the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Kwame Nkrumah vessel located on the Jubilee Field, off the coast of Takoradi, capital of the Western Region (Province).
Out of the figure, 95 million of lean gas is supplied daily to the Volta River Authority (VRA) at Aboadze, near here to power its turbines to generate electricity while the remaining coming out as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is supplied to Quantum Terminal Limited, a local firm for onward distribution to the consumers.
He observed the GNGC expected to increase its processing of gas from the Jubilee Field from its current figure to 150 million scf a day.
Ghana has discovered additional oil fields; TEN projects located in the Deepwater Tano license covering an area of more than 800 sq. kms and lies around 20 kms west of the Jubilee field.
The TEN projects were expected to deliver first oil in 2016, with a plateau production rate of 80,000 barrels of oil per day.
Future development of gas resources at TEN has been anticipated following the commencement of oil start-up.
Ing. Lartey emphasized the GNGC was designed originally to process 300 million scf of gas daily and that the company will only do retrofitting of its pipelines to contain the additional capacity it has to handle from the TEN Fields.
?Our gas processing project was designed to process 300 million standard cubic feet daily. All that we will do when the TEN projects come on board is to do retrofitting. We have already laid our pipelines and we will not do any major work to process that quantity,? he said.
Utility Supervisor of the GNGC, Michael Kwabena Mireku observed safety issues were at the core of the company.
Among the interventions put in place by the GNGC to ensure the safety of the plant, workers and community around include installation of fire detectors, firefighting equipment, water hydrants and the establishment of fire service station as well as employing complete combustion in flaring its waste.
The Sinopec Ghana Gas Processing Plant whose construction commenced in August 2012 was commissioned for full operations at last quarter of 2014.