Ghana National Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas) has emphatically stated the Power Ministry [government] lied to the public over circumstances leading to the shutdown of the Atuabo Gas Plant.
According to Ghana gas they are not and cannot be the cause of the current massive load shedding the country is experiencing.
The Power Ministry in a statement said: “current increase in the quantum of load shedding” will linger on for a while because the Ghana National Gas Company’s plant at Atoabo has been shut down to “enable the African Middle East Investment (AMERI) Power Plant to be connected onto the gas supply system of Ghana Gas.”
It further noted that, “Engineers of both the Ghana National Gas Company Ltd (Ghana Gas) and AMERI are working round the clock to complete the connection of the gas line and to ameliorate the recent further decline in power supply in the country.”
But in a swift rebuttal Ghana Gas said the attempt by the Ministry to make the company look bad in public was unfortunate. “… therefore, find the attempt by the Ministry of Power to mislead the public on this matter disingenuous and unhelpful.”
“We wish to state 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,” a statement signed by Ghana Gas’ communications manager Alfred Ogbamey said.
It added: “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 to mislead the public on this matter disingenuous and unhelpful.
“For the records, Ghana Gas does not have any challenge, whatsoever, with the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant. The Plant has been operational since Ghana’s first indigenous natural gas made its way from FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, through the 60-kilometre journey, to safely to land,” the Ghana gas statement read.