Ghana embarks on the expansion of its gas processing infrastructure

The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has signed last week a project agreement for the construction of a second gas processing plant of 150 MMscf/d at Atuabo in Western Ghana. Train 2 will double gas processing capacity at Atuabo, where a first train of 150 MMscf/d was commissioned in 2015.

Expansion plans have been on the table for a few years, with FEED studies completed for the second train in 2021. The initial capacity has been set at 150 MMscf/d, expandable to 350 MMscf/d in the future.

The development of gas processing plants at Atuabo is part of Ghana’s Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure that transports gas produced offshore, processes it and sells it on the domestic market.

The initial phase of the project cost some $1bn and was funded by China. It comprised a 58km offshore gas export pipeline from the Jubilee FPSO to the Atuabo gas plant, the construction of the first train at Atuabo, a 110km onshore pipeline transporting sales gas to the Volta River Authority’s power plant at Aboadze in Takoradi, and an LPG truck-loading gantry.

The commissioning of the network in 2015 enabled TullowOil to monetise its associated gas from its Jubilee and TEN fields, thereby reducing flaring.

The operator has committed to eliminate routine flaring in Ghana by 2025 while monetizing some 2 Tcf of gas reserves to meet the country’s growing gas demand. As a result, additional gas processing capacity is needed to process incremental raw gas volumes that will come from both the Jubilee and TEN fields.

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