Mahama failed to properly plan for Ghana’s oil and gas sector - Minister

Mahama failed to properly plan for Ghana’s oil and gas sector - Minister

- Deputy Energy Minister, Dr. Mohammed Amin, has condemned measures on oil and gas in Ghana implemented by Former President Mahama

- He explained that it was pointless to site the Atuabo Gas Plant in the Western Region when the processing of raw materials took place at Tema in the Greater Accra region

- Dr.Amin added that there was no transport system between the Plant and the industries at Tema

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The Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin, has described Former President Mahama as someone who lacked the skills to develop Ghana’s oil and gas sector.

According to him, Mahama’s administration did not have solid plans to strategically utilise some of the available facilities.

Dr. Amin explained that Mahama’s government built the Atuabo Gas Plant in the Western Region, and was far from the hub for processing power, Tema making it difficult for the project to see it’s full usage.

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Per a report by, he added that the failure to establish a transport mechanism for the product between the power plant and the industries that require the services made the entire project unproductive.

Dr. Amin further indicated that President Akufo-Addo’s intervention following his assumption of office was the needed twist to give a boost to the maximization of the plant’s potential.

“So even at the time we had ‘dumsor’, because Nigeria had curtailed the supply of gas to us, we had so much of our indigenous gas stranded in Takoradi. This was the failure of planning,” he noted.

The Deputy Minister went on to say that the funding necessary to build a system to transport gas to Tema was spearheaded by the incumbent NPP government, a feat that brought out the usefulness of the Atuabo Gas Plant.

This, he stated, has made it possible to facilitate the flow of up to 60 million standard cubic feet of gas a day from Takoradi to Tema

In other news, the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) has assured Ghanaians that there will be a regular supply of gas.

WAPCo went on to say that not even the disruptions in business caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus would affect the flow of gas.

The company, has, however, admitted there are challenges in transporting technical staff but gave the assurance that the outbreak of the coronavirus would not affect operations.

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