By receiving the main infrastructure for its LNG regasification project for power generation, Ghana has taken a big step towards becoming the first sub-Saharan country to be equipped with this technology. The activities of Tema LNG Terminal are expected to start during this quarter.
On January 6, Tema’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal received its floating regasification unit (FRU) with a capacity of 1.7 million tonnes per year.
The installation, which was delivered by the Chinese shipyard CSSC Jiangnan, will inject gas imported by Shell into the power plant network and will, on its own, allow the country to meet 30% of its gas demand, essentially driven by the sectors. electrical and industrial.
The country should also gradually abandon its purchases of gas from Nigeria via the West African gas pipeline and distribute part of its future electricity production to its neighbors.
“Ghana can now begin to serve the rest of the region with a fuel that is growing in popularity due to its cost and the significant environmental benefits it provides,” said Edmund Agyeman-Duah, project manager at Tema LNG. And to specify that the activities of the plant should start during this quarter.
It should be remembered that the Spanish company Reganosa was awarded the operation and maintenance contract for the plant, located 6 km offshore. Financial details of this deal are not known.
This will be the first sub-Saharan natural gas regasification project. Several more are expected to come into operation over the next five years. Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, or South Africa, among others, are also interested in this technology.