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Chinese firm starts west African pipeline project

17th August 2012

Sinopec takes over USD 750m first phase of Ghana’s gas processing project

Chinese firm starts west African pipeline project
The project is expected to boost domestic LPG requirements as well as natural gas liquids for petrochemical industries, including fertiliser production, Spia-Yankey said

Chinese oil and gas giant Sinopec will help Ghana lay pipes for the first phase of its National Gas Processing Project in August as part of plans to ramp up LNG supply to the country, it emerged on Thursday.

CEO of Ghana Gas Company Limited, George Spia-Yankey announced the news to reporters on Wednesday at the Takoradi thermal power plant, southern Ghana.

The first phase of the project, estimated at USD 750m, will include the laying of 36 km of offshore pipes from the FPSO at the Jubilee field to the plant. Some120 km of onshore pipes from the plant to Aboadze will also be laid as part of the plan.

The first phase will be undertaken Sinopec, Spia-Yankey said. The second phase, which includes assembling of plants at Atuabo, will begin in September. The whole project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

French company Technip took over the engineering design of the gas processing plant. Houston-based Intecsea/Worley Parson handled the engineering design of the offshore pipeline from the FPSO to the gas processing plant.

While the gas processing plant will initially produce 150m metric standard cubic feet of gas a day, the output would later be doubled, he added.

So far the Ghana Gas Company Limited has taken delivery of about 9,953 pieces of pipes imported from China.

The project is expected to boost domestic energy needs as well as natural gas liquids for petrochemical industries, including fertiliser production, Spia-Yankey said.

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