The Power Minister Hon. Kwabena Donkor, is currently in Nigeria with some other high power delegation from Ghana meeting officials of M-GAS following threats by the Nigerian company to curtail gas supply to Ghana if the VRA fails to pay an amount of $180 million owed it.
The General Manager of the West African Gas Pipeline, Mr. Walter Perris yesterday in a press conference said they have giving Ghana by close of work today, to pay the debt in full or the company would be forced to curtail the supply of gas to the country.
Meanwhile addressing a news conference today in Accra on Thursday morning, Petroleum Minister Hon. Emmanuel Kofi Buah who announced Dr. Donkor’s meeting said the situation would be resolved.
He said that the minister is having discussion with officials of the company in Nigeria, to get the situation resolved.
The Petroleum Minister indicated government was hopeful that, the situation would be resolved, but at the moment we have to await the arrival of the Power Minister to get the outcome of that meeting.
Hon. Buah revealed that, government has set up a very important team led by the PURC, with ministries involved, and all the sector agencies with the involvement of the Ghana Gas Company to draw a plan to deal with all the debt issues.
He said: ‘’these are legacy issues that must be addressed, we must be able to address them before we get to the gas era critically, especially if you look at the obligations we have already commit ourselves on some of the gas projects that are coming, and I believe that it is the general efforts that government is taking to address this energy sector indebtedness’’.
Hon. Emmanuel Kofi Buah stressed that, government was committed and determined to resolve the matter, he added that the Ministry of Finance is also part of the process of resolving the matter.
If WAPCO should curtail gas supply to Ghana on Friday, we would experience the worse dumsor because seven more thermal plants including Sunon Asogli, TAPCO, TICO, T3, TT1PP, TT2PP and MRP would be forced to shut down.