Government to integrate WAGP at Tema LNG terminal – Deputy Energy Minister

Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adams” title=”Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adams” width=”295″ height=”187″ /> Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adams

Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adams, indicated that the government is carefully watching the possibilities of integrating the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) with the Tema liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in order to increase the flexibility of the gas supply mix, and strengthen security.

According to the Minister, the completion and operation of the Takoradi to Tema Interconnection Project (TIPP) connects the Ghana Gas Company system to the WAGP system at Aboadze in the Western Region of Ghana, allowing gas from domestic sources in the Ghana to be transported in the reverse flow. in Tema, increasing the country’s domestic gas supply to the grid, and an indication that more can be done to mobilize gas in the country.

“While the Gas Master Plan (GMP) review is underway, the government is considering the contractual, technical and commercial possibilities of integrating the WAGP at the Tema LNG terminal to increase the flexibility of the gas supply mix and enhance security,” he said.

The Tema LNG facility has the ultimate scalable capacity to receive, store, regasify and deliver approximately 3.4 million tonnes (Mt) of LNG per year, which equates to approximately 500 million cubic feet per day (MMscfd) of natural gas.

The project was developed to play an increasing role in meeting Ghana’s growing energy demand by providing the power generation industry with a highly reliable and clean fuel supply to meet projected energy and industrial needs.

The Deputy Minister made the remarks on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the launch of commercial operation of the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAGPCo).

WAPCo has officially launched activities to commemorate the celebration of its 10th anniversary of commercial operation with the unveiling of a special monument honoring the Takoradi to Tema Interconnection Project (TIPP) at its regulating and power station. metering (R&MS) in Tema.

The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) owns and operates the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) – a regional infrastructure linking natural gas resources to customers with growing demand for cleaner and more efficient energy in the sub-region of West Africa, particularly in Ghana.

The WAGP transmission system was originally designed and built to transport natural gas from supply sources in Nigeria to customers requiring natural gas for cleaner and more efficient power generation in Benin, in Togo and Ghana. Ghana is GAO’s main customer with delivery points in Tema and Takoradi.

WAPCo’s Managing Director, Gregory Germani, in his anniversary kick-off speech, noted that the creation of WAGP with its guarantees of cost-effective, safe, cleaner and reliable energy for power generation has contributed to the regional economic growth and development for the benefit of families. , communities, businesses and industries in the region.

“As we celebrate over 15 years of existence and 10 years of business operations, we must not forget how it all came about. It is important to remember that the WAGP is the product of an ECOWAS vision – a dream of a gas pipeline across the West African sub-region, with a promise of economic integration among member states,” a- he declared.

He expressed his deep appreciation to the government and the company’s other partners – including the Ministry of Energy, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and the Ghana National Gas Company, with technical support from Eni Ghana – for their tremendous efforts. in the construction of the TTIP which involved an extension of WAPCo’s delivery capacity from 140 MMscfd to 235 MMscfd at the Tema facility.

“Following the completion of TTIP, the combination of gas supply from Nigeria and Ghana and growing demand at our delivery stations in Tema, Lomé and Cotonou, GAO is seeing record levels of volumes delivered and growth in projects on the horizon,” he added. .

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