Power crisis to ease as Ghana Gas receives supply

Date published: Friday, 6th May 2016

Citi Business News has gathered the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) will today begin receiving gas from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah after a close to three months halt.

Despite the resumption which begun yesterday, only 20 million standard cubic feet of gas will be produced against the 120 million standard cubic feet.

The Volta River Authority (VRA), the off-taker of gas from Ghana Gas, is expected to begin receiving the gas today.

The AMERI plant is expected to use the gas for power production to help reduce the current power deficit.

Gas production from the vessel is expected to be increased to 50 million standard cubic feet a day in three days, this will run for 30 days.

Tullow in March 2016 halted operations on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah after it detected a damaged turret bearing, following planned routine maintenance works.

The halt in operations forced the oil firm to miss it’s deadline to commence the off-take of gas in April this year, which led to a deficit in the country’s power supply.

The vessel will however be shut down for 5 days after every 30 days of production to prevent further damage to the vessel.

The routine is expected to continue until the lead operator of the Jubilee oil fields repairs permanently the turret bearing, which has only been partially fixed.