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Ghana energy Gas supply from Nigeria unreliable, alternative urged

The two countries had agreed on a daily gas supply of 120 million metric standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas from N-Gas but the company is currently supplying an average of 30 mmscf.

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Inability of Nigeria to supply agreed volume of gas to Ghana via the West African Gas Pipeline prompted renewed  calls for Ghana to seek alternative gas supply from suppliers in that country.

The two countries had agreed on a daily gas supply of 120 million metric standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas from N-Gas but the company is currently supplying an average of 30 mmscf.

Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) announced last week that power supply to Ghanaian consumers will be affected for a few days following the vandalism of some pipelines of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) in Nigeria.

As a result, gas supply from WAPCo has tumbled from 120 mmscf to 30 mmscf.

“If N-Gas is not giving us much of the gas, we should be able to negotiate with other suppliers in Nigeria and the agreement on the West African Gas Pipeline allows for third party access to the pipeline,” executive director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, told Daily Graphic.

“So you can negotiate with other suppliers in Nigeria who can supply you through the same West African Gas Pipeline without breaking the law or breaching the contract. So Ghana should be looking at that option as well.” He added.

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Energy officials and the deputy power minister, John Jinapor, last week negotiated with Ivory Coast to supply extra power to Ghana.

The Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Kirk Coffie, said Ivory Coast is willing to help and that over the weekend, they gave Ghana enough power. He added that they will also supply power to Ghana weekdays during off peak periods.

“I was in Ivory Coast with the Deputy Minister of Power, Jinapor and the Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo to talk to them for some extra supply. They were willing and over the weekend they are able to give us enough and weekdays off peak they are able to also give us, he said on Citi FM.

Touching on thermal plants, Mr. Coffie said adequate preparations have been made to buy crude oil, adding that the country has a million barrels of oil to be discharged to the various thermal plants to power it.

“We have made the adequate preparations to buy crude oil…We got almost a million barrels…We discharged 300,000 barrels for our plants in Tema and we are on our way to discharge 400,000 barrels in Takoradi. The extra 200 will be discharged again in Tema,” he said.

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Tullow Ghana declared force majeure on two cargoes of Ghana's Jubilee crude oil after an issue on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility that exports the oil.

"We have deferred two liftings at Jubilee while we implement new operating procedures for off-take from the FPSO," the company said in a statement.

Prior to Tullow's statement, the FPSO was scheduled to undergo a two-week maintenance on March 20.

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