The Aboadze Thermal Plant is expected to receive gas from the Atuabo Gas Plant by July this year. The construction of the plant started in the last quarter of 2011 at a cost of US$750m and was expected to be completed by the end of March this year.
The gas plant was built to produce 150 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, but is expected to produce 70 million standard cubic feet per day, with a projected increase to 120 million standard cubic feet per day by the beginning of October this year.
The Ghana Minister for Energy and petroleum, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, revealed that gas supply from Nigeria to the West African Pipeline had dropped from 80 million standard cubic feet per day to 30 million due to repair works, thus affecting power generation at the Aboadze Thermal Plant. He urged all stakeholders to intervene and ensure that the Gas project is completed on schedule.
David Xu, the Technical Director of Sinopec, the Chinese firm executing the project confirmed that 95 % of the project is completed and some of the chemicals and parts of a spherical tank are expected from South Africa to enable the firm to complete the project. He also added that, both onshore and offshore pipelines from the Jubilee Oilfields through Atuabo to the metering station at Aboadze had been laid. Vital gas processing components as well as a Central Control Room, Deethaniser and Debutaniser towers, Water Treatment Plant, Reception Facility Area, LPG Recovery Area, Flare KO Drum, LPG Tanks and Generators have already been installed.