Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Ghana Gas (GNG), Dr. Ben Asante has stated that it is impossible for a country to industrialise without sustainable, reliable and affordable power supply and that, gas has become the fossil fuel choice for the future and not other hydrocarbons.
According to him, because of the role gas plays in industrialisation drive, Ghana Gas processes and moves its products to the Aboadze enclave for power generation.
Dr. Ben Asante was speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the company’s office complex in Takoradi, which was graced by President Akufo-Addo.
The facility, constructed by Sinopec, would be a fulcrum for all development plans of gas and would serve as a command control center and remote control operation of gas processing plant and associated pipelines and stations.
The building was started in November 2017 and completed in November 2018.
Dr. Ben Asante said the company was considering plans of exporting gas to neighbouring Ivory Coast and intended to put in a facility that would allow the bi-directional transfer of gas between the two countries.
This, he said, was not devoid of the fertilizer plant earmarked for the Jomoro area. He said the company has been working hard with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) to make the dream a reality.
Dr. Ben Asante used the occasion to pay homage to staff of the company. He said in his 30 years as an expert in the field of gas, he has realised that the men and women of Ghana Gas were both hardworking and knowledgeable.
This is evidenced in the three-year indigenisation of the plant by local Engineers, which saves the county $15 million every month.
He said unlike Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago, which has taken decades to indigenous, the men and women of Ghana Gas used three years to achieve the feat. “This is a phenomenal feat”, he added.