The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) has announced that its Tema Regulating and Metering Station (RMS) will undertake a coordinated and planned 10-hour shutdown on May 10.
According to WAPCo, the shutdown which will happen from 4:am to 2:pm on Sunday, May 10 is to complete outstanding works under the Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project (TTIP).
“The shutdown is critical for the completion by Eni Ghana of the last remaining items of the ongoing TTIP project that earlier in March had expanded the capacity of WAPCo’s Tema RMS to 235MMscfd.”
The TTIP is to expand facilities at WAPCo’s Tema Regulating and Metering Station to leverage the increasing demand in gas by the Accra-Tema industrial enclave.
Head of Corporate Affairs of West African Gas Pipeline Company Ltd, Kwasi Agyeman Prempeh in a statement issued on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 explained that the shutdown is also “to minimize the impact to the communities that rely on power generated from cleaner and more efficient gas transported through the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system to Tema.”
The statement further added that during this period there would be no gas supply to customers in Tema.
WAPCo has assured the general public that it, “will support Eni Ghana to safely and efficiently execute these repair works within the stipulated period.”
Meanwhile, the company has apologized to its customers in Tema for the inconvenience expected to be caused by the shutdown and promised that gas supply would be immediately restored after completion of the project works by Eni Ghana.
In the statement, WAPCo said the shutdown is supported by the Ministry of Energy (MoE) and coordinated with Ghana Grid Company Ltd (GRIDCo), the Volta River Authority (VRA), the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Electric Company of Ghana (ECG) and various power plants within the Tema enclave.
Takoradi- Tema Interconnection Project
The Takoradi Tema Interconnection Project (TTIP) is a collaboration between WAPCo, the Energy Ministry, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the Ghana National Gas Company and Eni Ghana to expand WAPCo facilities at Takoradi and Tema as well as the connection of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system at Takoradi to the Ghana National Gas Company’s facility.
The feat was achieved with the support and collaboration of ENI Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd., Vitol Ghana Upstream, Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) and the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo).