Exploration & Production

Ghana’s never-ending gas and LNG saga

Ghana has put in motion a range of plans to avoid power shortages and meet its gas purchase obligations, ranging from pipeline reverse flows to LNG and power ships Ghana has put in motion a range of plans to avoid power shortages and meet its gas purchase obligations, ranging from pipeline reverse flows to LNG and power ships.
By Verity Ratcliffe and Felix Janvrin 7 December 2017 0 28706
Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points project. Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points project. (Eni)

Ghana’s Ministry of Energy faces a problem. Sankofa, Ghana’s giant gas field due onstream early next year, lies in the west, while the country’s gas-deprived power stations lie in the east. Joining the two is proving difficult.

The ministry has pursued a host of solutions in a bid to avoid electricity shortages, link its gas supply and demand centres, and meet its gas purchase obligations. The plans have encompassed pipelines, LNG imports and power generation. However, Ghana’s constantly evolving energy strategy has already cost it dearly...