Regasification Unit Arrives in Ghana
Tema LNG Terminal Company (TLTC) is expected to start delivering LNG to customers in the first quarter of 2021 due to the arrival of its Floating Regasification Unit (FRU) in Ghana on the 7 January 2020.
The terminal will be the first offshore LNG receiving terminal in sub-Saharan Africa and will utilize the FRU twinned with the existing LNG carrier to receive, store and regasify LNG. The system capitalizes on flexibility whilst benefiting from the functionality of a large-scale FRU-terminal. Located within the Tema Port, the FRU will operate in conjunction with infrastructure that allows for cost-efficient processes and without affecting maritime and port traffic.
“The Tema LNG terminal aims to meet Ghana’s growing energy demand through an innovative yet cost-efficient, reliable supply,” stated Edmund Agyeman-Duah, TLTC Project Manager. “Once operational, this FRU will allow the Tema LNG facility to receive, regasify, store and deliver roughly 1.7 million tonnes of LNG a year – 30% of Ghana’s general capacity. Tema LNG’s year-round supply of gas will enable the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to supply reliable and cost-effective gas into the Tema power and industrial enclave, while strengthening West Africa’s energy security.”
“The Tema LNG terminal project supports Ghana’s ambitions to continue on its trajectory as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, by delivering the energy infrastructure to support accelerated industrialisation,” stated Ogbemi Ofuya, Helios Investment Partners. “As evidenced in similar fast-growing economies in Asia and Latin America, the introduction of LNG into the energy mix serves as a catalyst for industrial and economic growth. The year-round, guaranteed supply of LNG and piped gas through the Tema LNG terminal facilitates forward planning and investments in receiving infrastructure by power plants, mines and industries across the West Africa region who are currently reliant on more expensive liquid fuels. The switch to gas also delivers a significant environmental benefit and supports the transition to cleaner burning fuels in the region by reducing CO2 emissions and eliminating sulphur emissions, in line with the Paris Climate Accord objectives.”