The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) remains poised to resume delivery of gas from shippers in Nigeria to Ghana's Volta River Authority (VRA).
WAPCo, owner and operator of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), transports natural gas from Nigeria to the VRA in Ghana based on transportation agreements between VRA and its Shipper - N-Gas Ltd (a company owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and affiliates of Chevron and Shell).
WAPCo last April delivered its first natural gas supply to VRA's Takoradi Thermal Plant at Aboadze near Takoradi, under an interim gas supply arrangement. This initial supply enabled VRA to commission one of its 100 MW turbines and generate power in Ghana from natural gas. Since May 2009 however, WAPCo has not received gas from N-Gas Ltd for further delivery to VRA due to vandalization of gas supply pipelines in the Niger Delta region, several kilometres upstream of the WAGP connection to the Nigerian Gas Company's ELPS system.
While the gas supply issue is being resolved, the remaining construction work is nearing completion at the Compressor Station in Nigeria and the Regulating and Metering stations in Tema, Lome, and Cotonou. Commissioning of the system is expected to commence by the end of this year.
Once this phase of the construction is completed and the facilities commissioned, WAPCo will have the compression capacity to deliver to the VRA, enough gas to power four 110 megawatt turbines as well as supply our customers in Benin and Togo.Â Commissioning is due to be completed during the first quarter of 2010.