Gas flow from Nigeria has been ‘very disappointing’ – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has minced no words about the fluctuation in the supply of gas from Nigeria, describing the situation as very disappointing.

He said the excitement that greeted the construction of the West African Gas Pipeline has since waned as a result of the development.

Damage to the pipelines in 2012 had an adverse toll on power generation in Ghana, plunging the country into a load shedding programme, which seems not ending anytime soon.

Contributing at the Global African Investment Summit in London on Monday, President Mahama said the situation has forced Ghana to facilitate the completion of its own gas plant at Atuabo in the Western Region.

“We have finished the processing plant,” he said, “and we are going through the process of tying it into the FPSO in the Jubilee Field that should bring some 120 million standard cubic feet of gas for power generation.”

He said generation can produce about some 500 MW of power “and it is critical for us because of the fluctuation in the operation of the West African Gas Pipeline.”

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