Good news for gas
The development of the gas sub-sector provides relative relief to the industrialisation strategies of the current government, as natural gas supplies are anticipated to support power generation, a mix which currently is thermal driven. The Atuabo gas plant is the centrepiece of the government’s efforts in the gas sector, with the Ghana National Gas Company announcing plans to build around 50km of pipeline to allow Ghana to export natural gas to neighbouring Côte d’ivoire. The Atuabo plant currently receives about 150m cubic feet of gas per day, which could rise to about 220m by 2024.
A recent discovery by Italy’s Eni in May could boost Ghana’s gas production. The company found an estimated 550bn cubic feet of gas some 12km from its Sankofa floating production, storage and offloading facility. Eni has yet to make a decision over whether it will build the infrastructure to tap that resource, as it was just the first well drilled in Ctp-block 4.
Ghana is using the gas from Sankofa for electricity production. A pipeline was completed in April so that Atuabo can supply gas to the Volta River Authority, a government-run electricity utility. Local company Marinus Energy and Us-based General Electric are working on a 93MW plant that would use waste gas that would typically be flared. Natural gas can also be used to produce fertiliser, and the government of Ghana is in talks with Moroccan fertiliser producer OCP about the possibility of setting up a plant. A decision from the Moroccan firm is not expected until 2020. President Nana AkufoAddo had made a campaign promise to build a fertiliser plant in Jomoro, in Ghana’s Western Region.