Ghana Receives Chinese Help to Build Gas Processing Plant
Published By : 12 Jun 2015 |Published By : QYRESEARCH
Ghana will get Chinese help in developing its oil and gas industries to optimally utilize its rich hydrocarbon resources. Chinese Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) is planning out a long term strategy to help the West African nation. According to Mushtaq Kaloo who works as an engineering advisor at Sinopec, the company is committed to help Ghana in meeting its economic and social needs and will contribute towards overall improvement of the nation. Sinopec has recently built Ghana’s first Gas Processing Plant, which is located at Atuabo, around 327 kilometres west of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. In July 2012, the company had received a contract from Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) to build the gas facility to utilize the gas extracted from the Jubilee oil fields. The facility worth US$850 million was financed by China Development Bank and has started working from November last year.
The Chinese firm has also signed a contract for two years to maintain and operate the plant while training the local Ghanaian engineers. Kaloo mentioned that the company has brought its experts– a team of maintenance staff, operation staff, and inspection staff, from Beijing who are experienced in maintaining much bigger facilities in China. Sinopec is also helping Ghana to build a pipeline to expand the main onshore gas pipeline to Prestea, located 318 kilometres west of Accra, where Ghana aims to build hydrocarbon propelled minerals complex. Wang Xianghui, the deputy project manager for Sinopec’s projects in Ghana, has mentioned that the project will help Ghana to a large extent by commercializing its gas reserves and boosting industrial development.