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Ghana’s Atuabo gas processing plant ready for first gas flow

Filters at the US$850m Atuabo Gas Processing Plant in Ghana are ready and first flow of wet gas from the Jubilee Fields to the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant is set for July. This follows the completion of the installation works at the gas processing plant.

However, connection from the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Kwame Nkrumah in the Jubilee Fields to the Ghana Gas Company (GGC) pipe line is being hampered by two deep water developments in the Atlantic Ocean.

According to GGC officials and the project managers, they are working assiduously to address the two critical developments which are having adverse effect on the schedule for the first flow of wet gas.

The GGC is working in collaboration with Tullow Oil in tracing the pig receiver and tackle the free span. Tullow Oil has also put its associated gas in a reservoir tank, awaiting the resolution of the outstanding tasks. The laying of pipes and the fixing of the pig receiver were undertaken by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) about five years ago in a 14km stretch of deep water.

The major installation at the project site is a power processing unit that would produce electricity to feed the plant. The project is also hooked to the national grid. Phase two of the gas project will involve, the transportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from Atuabo to Tema by vessels.

Oil and gas exploration in South Ghana is ongoing and the amount of both crude oil and natural gas continues to increase. South Ghana’s Jubilee Oilfield which contains up to 3 billion barrels (480,000,000 m3) of sweet crude oil was discovered in 2007, among the many other oilfields in South Ghana. The expected annual tremendous inflow of capital from crude oil and natural gas production into the Ghana economy began from the first quarter of 2011 when Ghana started producing crude oil and natural gas in commercial quantities.

The Ghanaian government has indicated that the country could expand its reserves up to 5 billion barrels (790,000,000 m3) of oil in reserves within a few years.

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