Atuabo gas powers Aboadze plant

Atuabo gas powers Aboadze plant
Source: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah
Date: 27-11-2014 Time: 05:11:18:pm

The Volta River Authority, (VRA) is currently operating one of its turbines at the Aboadze plant in the Western region with gas from Atuabo.

It follows a promise by Ghana Gas to begin distributing the commodity from Atuabo to the VRA plants.

The $850 million gas pipeline was completed few weeks ago after years of postponement by SINOPEC, the company tasked to construct the pipeline.

The completion of the pipeline is expected to bring significant relief to Ghanaians who have suffered bouts of power crisis over the last few years, as a result of an unreliable gas supply from Nigeria to power thermal plants in Ghana.

Joy News' Western Region correspondent Kweku Owusu Peprah was at the Aboadze plants in the Western Region to explore what it means to have a new gas supply from Atuabo.

Engineer, Oppong Mensah, Acting Director Thermal Generation Department told Peprah the supply from Atuabo will in no small way positively affect production.

He said they are currently running one turbine plant with 27million worth of gas supply, hoping there will be enough to run two turbines by the end of the month.

"What it means is that the gas will reduce our operational cost. The commodity price will be lower and then maintenance cost will be lower," he explained.

He however doubted if the current power outages will stop as a result of the gas supply from Atuabo except to add that the supply will improve efficiency at the thermal plant.