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Press Release – WAPCo Offshore Pipeline Cleaning Exercise

 The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), the Operator of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) has in consultation with its stakeholders in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria decided to embark on a cleaning and inspection exercise of its offshore pipeline often referred to as “pigging” in the pipeline industry. 

Pigging is intended to protect the integrity of WAPCo’s offshore pipeline system which is the main critical asset of the company, transporting natural gas within the four West African States of Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana. The exercise will start on January 20, and end by March 21, 2020 or sooner. 

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Pigging of the pipeline will involve cleaning and inspection of the pipeline as well as data gathering. The “pig” will be launched from our Lagos Beach Compressor Station (LBCS) in Badagry, Nigeria and received at our Takoradi Regulating & Metering Station (R&MS) in Ghana.

As a result of this exercise, reverse flow of gas from Takoradi to Tema as well as the supply of gas to our facilities in Tema, Lomé and Cotonou will be curtailed.  Apart from cleaning the pipeline of debris, pigging will provide information on the condition of the pipeline to inform decisions on effective maintenance of the pipeline to prolong its lifespan and improve safety of our operations.

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Effluents from the pigging will be discharged in Takoradi. The company has arranged for the effluent to be managed in line with Environmental Protection Agency processes and procedures.

As part of this operation, WAPCo has developed a two-way communication process with its stakeholders and will continue to engage them on all issues to ensure safe and successful exercise.

Questions & Answers

  1. What impact will the pigging have on power supply to Ghana?

Answer: We have worked closely with the Ministry of Energy for the past several months in planning this exercise and the Ministry will be in a better position to address this question.

  1. Why this exercise now?

Answer: It is a regulatory requirement and critical operational integrity requirement that is due. The date was determined in consultation with stakeholders in all four countries that would allow for the safe execution of the work while attempting to minimize impact to customers.

  1. Will Tema receive gas supply from the East (Nigeria) during the pigging?

Answer: No, during the pigging execution period, WAPCo, will be working in conjunction with the Ministry, GNPC and Eni Ghana to complete expansion works at our Tema facility to deliver more gas to customers in the Tema area.

  1. What possible waste will be generated from the pigging and how will it be managed

Answer:     Possible waste (effluent) may include liquids, condensate, and some small metal/lubricant debris. A service provider has been contracted to manage effluent in Takoradi.

 

Signed

KWASI AGYEMAN PREMPEH

GENERAL MANAGER CORPORATE AFFAIRS

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WAPCo’s medical outreach for host communities in Lagos State, Nigeria

WAPCo has provided eye care services as part of this year’s Health Awareness Outreach to host communities in Lagos State.

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The 4-day outreach programme began in Ilogbo Eremi Community of Lagos State, with an awareness session on pipeline safety. A team of health care professionals provided community members with general cardiovascular screening, cholesterol and blood sugar testing and some were treated for minor ailments.

The team then proceeded to provide eye examination and prescription glasses to adults and children who needed them.  Patients who required specialized care were referred to appropriate nearby facilities.

For many of the children and adults in these communities, this was their first ever eye screening and treatment.

Ajido, Imeke and Tori Lovi are the other host communities that benefitted from the health outreach.  Over a thousand people were attended to during the 4-day period.

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WAPCo’s medical outreach for host communities in Lagos State, Nigeria

WAPCo has provided eye care services as part of this year’s Health Awareness Outreach to host communities in Lagos State.

lagos health outreach

The 4-day outreach programme began in Ilogbo Eremi Community of Lagos State, with an awareness session on pipeline safety. A team of health care professionals provided community members with general cardiovascular screening, cholesterol and blood sugar testing and some were treated for minor ailments.

The team then proceeded to provide eye examination and prescription glasses to adults and children who needed them. Patients who required specialized care were referred to appropriate nearby facilities.

For many of the children and adults in these communities, this was their first ever eye screening and treatment.

Ajido, Imeke and Tori Lovi are the other host communities that benefitted from the health outreach.  Over a thousand people were attended to during the 4-day period.

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WAPCo presents startup tools to beneficiaries of its Community Youth Enterprise Scheme in the Shama District

The West African Gas Pipeline Company Ltd (WAPCo) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR), presented start up tools and equipment valued at GH¢ 200,000.00 to beneficiaries of its Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES).

Presentation by dignitaries to a beneficiary

Presentation by dignitaries to a beneficiary

The tools which included hairdryers, gas stoves and cylinders, ice chest, fashion and design machines, building construction tools among others, were presented to 55 graduants trained in vocations such as, Welding and Fabrication, Fashion and Design, Catering and Hotel Management, Auto Mechanic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Building and Construction Technology, Woodwork, Joinery and Carpentry, for over two to three years duration period.

Speaking at a ceremony held at Aboadze one of its host communities, in the Shama District of the Western Region, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of WAPCo, Mrs. Harriet Wereko-Brobby explained that one of WAPCo’s CSR efforts, which is the Community livelihood Programme, has two components – a scholarship scheme and a Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES). The CYES was created to provide young persons in host communities who have completed basic education but cannot pursue further studies due to financial constraints, the opportunity to learn a trade of their choice in recognized vocational and technical institutions in Ghana.

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General Manager Corporate Affairs Mrs. Harriet Wereko – Brobby speaking at the event

Mrs. Wereko-Brobby said a total of 266 youth have gone through WAPCo’s Community Livelihood Programme since its inception in 2012. Out of the 266, there were 108 beneficiaries under Community Youth Enterprise Scheme, 73 of which have graduated with various skills and training. She said 55 out of the 108 beneficiaries were from the Aboadze area while the rest were from Tema Manhean and Kpone in the Greater Accra Region.

To date, WAPCo has spent about 2.5million cedis on the Community Livelihood Programme in Ghana, not including the cost of the start-up tools given to the graduants.

WAPCo’s scholarship scheme, on the other hand, was meant to support brilliant but needy students in host communities through the sponsorship of their Senior High school education. However, following the introduction of the Free SHS policy for Senior High Schools, the company has reviewed the scheme to support students pursuing tertiary education. For this academic year, WAPCo is proud to be supporting 36 students to pursue their university education, including some very brilliant students who were supported by the company throughout their high school education. Some of these students were present to receive duplicate copies of the fee payments made to their institutions

The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi, while commending WAPCo for the gesture asked the beneficiaries to take the skills they have acquired seriously and to build on what they have learnt.
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Some of the Tools presented to beneficiaries

Speaking on behalf of the District Director of Education, Mrs. Francisca Prah - Kine, the District Girl Child Education Coordinator, said the beneficiaries have acquired skills to equip them for a lifetime and they must ensure they put these skills to maximum use for the benefit of themselves and their community.

Mr. Percy Ahenakwah, Presiding Member of the Shama District Assembly, assured everyone of the Assembly’s support to ensure the sustainability of the programme.

Nana Kobina Atom II, Chief of Aboadze, said the programme was a milestone in the history of Aboadze, stating the benefits this could bring to the communities as he commended WAPCo. He also urged parents and guardians to ensure that their wards put the tools to good use.

Chairman for the occasion was Nana Amakye II of Abuesi. He commended WAPCo for being a great partner in the development of Shama Traditional Area. He urged all the graduants to put the skills acquired and the tools received to good use for the benefit of the community.
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