The West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) has delivered to Ghana's Volta River Authority (VRA), its first full day of natural gas supply through the pipeline. This initial supply, delivered to VRA's Takoradi Thermal Plant at Aboadze near Takoradi, can power one 110 megawatt turbine.
WAPCo, owner and operator of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) brought gas to Ghana in December 2008 and has been ready to supply the VRA with gas since then. On April 8th, 2009, commissioning of VRA's facilities commenced and gas has been supplied since then at intermittent rates to support commissioning. Now that commissioning is complete, gas is being supplied at a steady rate of approximately 30 million standard cubic feet per day, enough to power one 110 megawatt turbine.
"The arrival of natural gas at VRA's Takoradi Thermal Plant at Aboadze near Takoradi marks another major milestone in the history of the West African Gas Pipeline Company.", remarked Jack Derickson, managing Director of WAPCo. "It is also a significant milestone for Ghana as this marks the beginning of VRA's use of natural gas as fuel for generating electricity". Natural gas is considered the cleanest of all fossil fuels.WAPCo is working to complete outstanding work on its Compressor Station at Lagos Beach, in Nigeria and Regulating and Metering stations in Tema, Cotonou and Lome by the end of 2009. Once this next phase of the construction is complete, WAPCo will have the capability to deliver to the VRA, enough gas to power four 110 megawatt turbines as well as supply our customers in Benin and Togo.