Deputy Minister of Energy Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam said former President John Mahama did not embark on the necessary development for the oil and gas industry because the government then had no plans for the strategic use of some of its facilities.
According to the deputy minister, the Atuabo gas plant built under the previous administration in the western region was too far from the country’s processing power and industrial center, Tema which made it difficult for projects to recognize its full use.
He made this comment when he talked with Evans Mensa about PM Express on June 1.
Dr. Amin Adam said that there was a failure to create a mechanism for transporting products between power plants and industries that needed counterproductive services.
He said that the intervention of President Akufo-Addo after he took office was the turnaround needed to increase the potential of the facility.
“What is problematic is what I call a planning error. The government at that time acknowledged that we owned most of our power plants in Tema, but there were no projects to channel the plant to the factory site. Even when we had ‘dumsor’, Nigeria had limited gas reserves, we have captured so much of our domestic gas in Takoradi which could not be utilized due to planning error.
He also said that funding for the construction of the gas transportation system to Tema is managed by the current NPP government, which shows the usefulness of the Atuabo gas facility.
“Today, as I speak to you, President Akufo-Addo announced the first phase of the reverse gas project, which will now allow us to transport up to 60 million standard cubic feet of gas from Takoradi to Tema every day,” he told JoyNews.
Dr. Amin Adam stressed: “We must change the development plan for the OCTP project and ask for savings made by the project to implement this project. The plan for this is not from NDC but from Word Bank. ”
Dr. Adam believes that this, along with other developments, including the relocation of Karpowership, makes President Akufo-Add better manager of the oil and gas sector than Ex-President John Mahama.