Scheduled maintenance works on the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGCL) gas processing plant which commenced on February 3 has been completed, Ministry of Energy announced here on Monday.
A statement issued by the Ministry indicated that the maintenance work which was also to be accompanied by connection and commissioning of gas supply from Ghana’s Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) oil field had to be extended to Sunday, February 26, instead of the February 20 scheduled completion date.
The Gas processing plant built at Atuabo, 332.7 km west of the capital by China’s SINOPEC, goes through periodic maintenance processes as stipulated by the manufacturers of the plants.
The maintenance period saw the return to the dark days of power outages locally christened “Dumsor” across the country.
“We need to advise that the work has been successfully completed and it is our expectation that power supply will return to normal by February 27, 2017,” the statement assured.
The statement explained that the maintenance work at Atuabo as well as scheduled maintenance on Ghana’s major thermal plants at Takoradi, 217 km west of the capital, had resulted in the loss of 780 Mega Watts (MW) of thermal power, leaving just 110 MW from the Takoradi power enclave to augment other power sources.
While gas supply from the Jubilee field was curtailed due to the maintenance work, government said it resorted to the purchase of light crude oil to ensure that the rest of the thermal plants which could be fired by light crude were fueled to prevent “Dumsor”.
Government added that it had sent a delegation to neighboring Cote d’Ivoire to renegotiate power supply from that country in spite of a 60 million-U.S Dollars debt.
It said government was also working out ways of addressing the financial challenges that had resulted in a net debt of 2.4 billion dollars in the energy sector.
The statement promised that citizens would be updated regularly on developments in the energy sector.
The previous government had negotiated with local commercial banks a roadmap for the payment of debts owed them by the energy sector after a levy, which is to be the primary source of revenue for this repayment, was introduced in the 2016 budget. Enditem