First gas flows to Atuabo plant

For the first time, gas flowed from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah to the Atuabo gas processing plant on Monday, November 10,
This was confirmed by Dr. Ben K.B Asante, Director of Technical Operations at the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas).
The Energy Commission over the weekend wrote to Ghana Gas, asking it to halt introducing gas into the plant. This follows a technical review of the plant in Atuabo by the Wood Group, who raised issue that the mechanical completion dossiers were sub-standard and did not fully confirm completion of the project.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this means that until Ghana National Gas receives written advice to the contrary, natural gas should not under any circumstances be introduced into any section of the Processing Plant,” the Commission wrote to Ghana Gas on November 8, 2010.
Ghana Gas has formally responded to the Commission’s letter, Dr. Asante said.
He said: “As of 2 o’clock this afternoon, I was first to witness the arrival of pig, essentially a mechanical device use to clean the pipeline and sometimes help you to gather information about the inside peripheral of the pipeline.
“Now when the pig arrives, you know that it actually transverses the entire length of that pipeline, and it tells you that on the arrival of the last pig, behind it is the gas. And that will signify the [beginning of delivery] of the first gas.”
Dr Asante said that the Energy Commission’s letter to Ghana Gas “has nothing at all to do with the current status of our early phase of the plant”.
He explained that the plant is being installed in phases, and that the first phase was completed in August.
“So precisely, we are doing just future work while we are just sitting there with our contractor. Ghana Gas was mindful of the upcoming introduction of gas in the system on Monday, which is today, and we duly completed this installation on Friday. This connection for the future has no impact or whatsoever on the current system’s ability to safely receive gas and handle current LPG flows.”
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