Atuabo Gas plant gets backup compressor, no more mandatory shutdown -Sipa Yankey

The Ghana Gas Company has built a second standard overhead compressor unit at a cost of nine million dollars to serve as a back up any time the Atuabo processing plant is shut down for mandatory maintenance works.
The cost of the compressor unit is from the company’s internally generated funds.
In January 2016, the Ghana Gas Company started construction of a second standard overhead compressor unit to help in situations where the first compressor is shut down for routine maintenance works.
Engineer on the site, Robert Lartey said the second standard overhead compressor unit would be completed by end of October for commissioning.
During a tour of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region, engineers said work on the second standard overhead compressor unit is about 98 percent complete.
Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas Company, Dr. George Sipa Yankey is optimistic of efficient gas supply.
“I’d want to be believe that these mandatory shutdown after every 4,000 hours is going to be the last one be a thing of the last one.  We have in place the equipment and components for a second overhead compressor.
“When that is installed, anytime one does 4,000 hours the other one would be brought into service whiles maintenance goes on. These 5 days, 10 days, one week periodic maintenance or mandatory shutdown would be a thing of the past.”
He disclosed regular closure of the gas plant for routine maintenance work had financial implications on the Company, as it is often not able to condense and transport lean gas to the Volta River Authority for power generation.
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