Ghana Gas Company to construct US$700m Gas Processing Plant
Construction of the GPP Train 2 project will be completed in two years.
The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) and its joint venture partners have signed a Project Implementation Agreement for a second Gas Processing Plant (GPP).
The joint venture partners include Integrated Logistic Bureau Ghana Limited, Jonmoore International, Phoenix Park Limited and African Finance Corporation. Dr. Ben K. D. Asante, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Gas, signed on behalf of GNGC, and Dr. Hilton John Mitchell signed on behalf of the rest of the joint venture partners.
The project is estimated to cost US$700 million and is expected to be completed in approximately two years.
The plant will be referred to as Train Two of the GPP (or GPP Train 2) and will have an initial capacity of 150 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd), expandable to 300.
The plant site at Atuabo in the Ellembele District of the Western Region will provide optimal capacity for Ghana Gas to process natural gas volumes in increments from the Greater Jubilee and Tweneboa, Enyera, and Ntomme (TEN) fields.
The plant will be capable of processing natural gas liquids (NGLs) into their pure propane, butane, and pentane components, which will then be stabilised into condensate components. The lean methane and ethane–containing gas will be tied into the lean gas exported from the existing GPP Train 1 and sent to an onshore export pipeline. The purified butane and propane will then be stored in their respective storage tanks.
The plant will also have a storage facility, an additional compressor package at the Atuabo Mainline Compressor station, utilities, and a liquid waste treatment system.
On Friday, February 3, 2023, Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) signed a project agreement for the construction of a second Gas Processing Plant(Train 2). The ceremony took place at the Gas House Forecourt in Accra. pic.twitter.com/T5QmtUJNN5— Ghana National Gas Company (@GNGCOfficial) February 4, 2023
“We are here today because we want to expand our existing infrastructure to meet the demands of the economy. Currently, we continue to process daily about 120 MMscfd. We are extracting about 40 to 50% of the inherent liquids of the raw natural gas supplied to us by our upstream partners. With this, we can generate close to 350 megawatts of power daily with the gas that comes from Train 1,” Dr. Asante said.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Board Chairman of Ghana National Gas Company, noted: “As the Board Chairman of this vibrant Company, I, together with my colleague Board Members, approved a Five-year Strategic Plan under the theme ‘Embracing the Future Together: Expanding infrastructure as an integrated Gas Entity’.”
He added that the plant aligns with Ghana Gas’ mandate of being the sole agency to build, own, and operate infrastructure required for gathering, processing, transporting, and marketing Ghana’s natural gas resources.
The new plant will contribute considerably to Ghana’s gas production, help its industrialization, and meet its energy needs by preventing power outages. Its construction will help create 1,000 jobs. About 90% of the gas will be used in fertiliser production and in the iron and steel processing industries.
The plant would also help improve the liquid output processed from natural gas to 80% compared to the existing 40-50%.
Top Photo: An installation at the Atuabo gas plant (Ghana gas company | ghanagas.co.gh)