On Wednesday, 12th May 2021, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), Dr. Ben K.D. Asante, in the company of his senior management paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Present with the CEO at this meeting were the following members of the management: Mr. Benjamin Baidoo, Procurement and Logistics, Mr. Albert Nanevie, Internal Audit, Ms. Augustina Asare Osei, Government Relations, Ms. Alma-Leigh Mensah, Human Resource and Administration as well as Mr. Stephen Donkor, Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The purpose of the meeting was to formally inform the Asantehene and his traditional leaders of the company’s plans to extend its gas pipeline network from the Western region to the Ashanti region in what is known as the Dawusaso-Kumasi pipeline and seek his support for the project.
In his remarks, the CEO indicated that when completed, the pipeline will serve various purposes. Notable among them is providing gas to power the Ameri Plant and help stabilise the national grid within the region and the northern part of the country. He assured the Asantehene and his traditional leaders that together with other industry players in the value chain, they will work towards a successful relocation of the Ameri plant to improve power generation to mitigate the current energy challenges in the region.
Equally, the gas pipeline will also provide a relatively cheaper source of power to feed industries such as the Boankra Inland Port, the Nyinahin Bauxite refinery and other industries within the Ashanti region.
The Asantehene welcomed the initiative of the company and pledged his full support. He was was optimistic that owing to the cost effectiveness of gas, making it readily available will contribute significantly to a cheaper cost of power for consumers in the region. He implored the CEO to ensure the gas pipeline project is competed per its timelines.