Posted on: September 17, 2010 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplier, West Africa Pipeline Company (Wapco) had increased safety measures and cooperation in Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Benin.

Outgoing MD Jack Derickson, said systems were initiated to ensure incident free operation. Operating from Nigeria, via Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Benin, Wapco pledges public health, safety and environment protection.

A parliamentary committee on mines and energy visited Takoradi Thermal Power Plant Station at Aboadze, where they heard Wapco’s pledge, reports Ghana Web.

Wapco had developed emergency plans in four west African countries for swift response to emergency situations, involving corporate security personnel.

Wapco had trained and equipped its workers and contractors to ensure safety in pipeline construction and operation.

Governments and regulators in the four west African countries were involved in the pipeline safety systems, including improved communication and compliance measures.

In August Wapco delivered 40 450-million metric (MMBtu) per day or gas to VRA and expected to increase volume to 52 000 MMBtu per day in September.

Gas energy cheaper than oil

Volta River Authority (VRA) acting director of thermal generation, Oppong Mensah, urged governments to invest in a liquefied natural gas plant, since it enabled cheaper electricity than crude oil.

It cost VRA 19.3 pesewas per kilowatt (kW) of power from crude oil, but from LPG it would cost 7.1 pesewas per kW.

The country could generate 500-million metric cubic feet (MMcf) of gas per day, which would enable VRA to produce affordable electricity for industrial and domestic use.

If VRA got enough gas from Nigeria on regular basis, it would minimise cost of production and electricity rates.

Mensah said gas does not generate much emission into the atmosphere. Investment in a liquefied natural gas facility requires about $450-million.

LPG reduces frequency and cost of maintenance. However, VRA income was used to buy crude oil, failing to afford vital spare parts and plant maintenance.

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