Atuabo gas plant shutdown will not worsen load shedding – Gov't

Government says it will take up to two weeks to fix the faulty compressor on the Jubilee Field which supplies natural gas to the Atuabo plant.
Deputy Minister of Power John Jinapor told Joy Business measures are being put in place to ensure that the current power crisis does not get worse.
“We have had discussions with our partners and they have indicated that they are changing the compressor and once they are doing that and bringing a new one we are hopeful that the problem will be curtailed.
“The alternative is to fire the plant with crude and that’s what we’re doing, and we are also exploring the possibility of even bringing in floating storage to supply gas. We are also in touch with West Africa Gas to ensure that they ramp-up the gas and so we are working around the clock to diversify and not to depend on only one source.
“If we are able to diversify more, it gives us more leverage to depend on other sources but it takes a bit of time and so we will continue to work to ensure that we diversify and have alternative sources of fuelling,” he said.
However,  the Volta River Authority and Electricity Company of Ghana have indicated the short fall in supply of gas would affect supply of power and even worsen the current load shedding program.  Sources say there will be about 300 megawatts shortfall in power generation for consumers.

Source: myjoyonline

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