The Energy and Petroleum Ministry, has jumped to the defense of the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), clarifying what they call “confusion that has been created as a result of two publications: one on the front page of the Daily Graphic dated November 11, 2014 and the other on myjoyonline news portal.
According to the Ministry which issued a statement yesterday November 11 2014, the Ministry has noted with great concern, the two publications which has engaged the attention of almost every discussion for days raising some health concerns.
The Head of Communications at the Ministry, explained that just last week November 8 2014, the Energy Commission in a letter captioned, “Request for clarification and readiness of gas plant to receive gas”, asked the GNGC to explain why “there were still some hot work activities taking place within the Gas Processing Plant, although the understanding was that the Plant had been mechanically completed”.
Mr. Edward Bawa said, the Ministry realizing that the issues raised by the Commission related to health and safety, engaged the GNGC and the Energy Commission to provide clarifications on the issues raised by the Energy Commission and also.
And also as the technical advisor to the Ministry, the Energy Commission after their independent assessment of the explanations given by the GNGC should advise the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on the way forward.
The statement ended saying “the Ministry would want to state that the Energy Commission has since assessed the true situation on the Plant site and are convinced with the explanations given by the GNGC and have conveyed same to the Ministry.
The Ministry therefore wishes to state that per the report received from the Energy Commission, the Gas Processing Plant is ready to receive Gas from the Jubilee Field for their commissioning works.
The Ministry takes this opportunity to thank all Ghanaians for their continuous support in ensuring that the state delivers this critical project for the energy sector”.