John Jinapor, Deputy Power Minister
John Jinapor, Deputy Power Minister, has mentioned the continued shutdown of the Floating Production Storage Offloading Vessel (FPSO Kwame Nkrumah) as a hinder.
John Jinapor said the government has been looking forward to the supply of gas to the Atuabo Gas Plant and that the failure will prove a challenge for energy supply to the country.
The Tullow Ghana Limited officials, also partners in the Jubilee field oil handed out notice to the public on March 20 that it will be shutting down the facility for mandatory maintenance and inspection.
Chief Executive of GRIDCO, William Amuna signed a letter in which he said, the inspection was expected to last for 2 weeks, however, managers of the facility – Tullow Ghana have served another notice demanding for 2 more weeks to complete works on the facility.
Mr. Jinapor was worried about the extension while talking to the media, most of the power generating plants such as AMERI which depend on gas for their operations will suffer at the end.
According to Mr. Jinapor, the gov’t prefers “running those plants on gas than on light crude because anytime you switch to light crude you have some challenges”.
Mr. Jinapor said while responding to the question of whether Ghana has enough stock of crude oil to power the remaining plants, we have enough stock of crude, because we bought almost 1 million barrel of crude to last us some 2 months”.
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