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Dumsor: WAPCo exposes GRIDCO over gas shortage; says it has no technical issues

The West African Gas Pipeline Company has denied the claim by the Ghana Grid Company Ltd (GRIDCO) saying there is a shortage of gas due to the company’s inability to supply gas. 

GRIDCO said the situation created a supply gap of 650MW at peak time in the country thus causing power outages in several areas.

However, GRIDCO in a statement assured that efforts are in place to restore the gas supply from Atuabo.

“The Ghana Grid Company Ltd, (GRIDCo), the ‘Operator’ of the National Interconnected Transmission System informs the general public that there is a deficit in thermal power generation due to limited gas supply from the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant (GPP) and the West African Gas pipeline (WAPCo).”

“This has created a supply gap of 650MW at peak time which will affect consumers in some parts of the country. The inconvenience caused is regretted,” the statement issued by the Corporate Communications Ghana Grid Company Ltd added.

However, WAPCo has absolved itself of any blame. 

According to the company, it is ready and available to transport gas any time needed.

“The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited’s (WAPCo’s), attention has been drawn to press releases issued by GRIDCo citing limited gas supply from WAPCo and from the Electricity Company of Ghana citing a WAPCo technical challenge as contributing to the power challenge experienced in Ghana last night.

“WAPCo wishes to set the record straight that we did not have any technical issues and our facilities were, and still are, fully available to deliver gas,” WAPCo said in a statement on Saturday, July 8.

It added, “WAPCo transports gas based on its agreements with Gas shippers. These Shippers purchase Gas from Gas suppliers, transport the gas via WAPCo pipelines, and sell the natural gas to Gas OffTakers ( mainly power companies). When the agreed volume of gas is made available, WAPCo dutifully transports it to the shipper’s customers. The challenge yesterday was that the Ghana National Gas Company’s plant at Atuabo went down and therefore there was no gas available for WAPCo to transport”.

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