Business News of Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has contracted AECOM Technology Corporation (AECOM), a US-based provider of professional technical and management support services, to offer project management consulting services for the implementation of the Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project.
The US$ 15.6 million contract was signed on Wednesday.
Under the terms of the agreement, AECOM will take over the construction and engineering management from Ghana Gas, conduct factory acceptance testing of all critical equipment, supervise integration of all systems, perform pre-commissioning and commissioning of the entire systems and manage transition from construction to operational startup.
AECOM will also develop the Project Management Directorate of Ghana Gas by providing training to Ghana Gas personnel in project management
“AECOM’s provision of professional technical management support is perfectly in line with Ghana Gas’ strategy to employ the most advanced technology and project management systems in delivering high quality, reliable gas processing and delivery infrastructure.
We believe that our strategic partnership with AECOM will help achieve greater efficiency in the project implementation and also enable core Ghana Gas staff to focus on the commercial and other critical dimensions of our corporate strategy,” Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, Chairman of the Board, commented.
Hitherto, the execution of the project was supervised by personnel of Ghana Gas, as well as specialist staff seconded from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), the Energy Commission (EC), Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST).
In addition, other independent consultants were engaged by Ghana Gas to provide Quality Assurance & Quality Control advisory Services.
The project execution is now at the stage where the additional complementary services of an industry-experienced and competent project management company to support the Ghana Gas to enhance the project management, expedite construction completion, conduct factory acceptance testing and integration of facilities and systems, perform pre-commissioning and commissioning, as well as manage transition to operational startup have become particularly critical.
In a similar release in the USA and other media outlets, AECOM also expressed its commitment to support the effective delivery of its services to meet, if not exceed the expectations of Ghana Gas.
The Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Project (WCGIP) Project comprises a 45-kilometre offshore pipeline to link the existing deep water pipeline of the Jubilee Fields, 111 kilometres onshore pipeline to the VRA Aboadze power plant enclave, a gas processing plant at Atuabo complete with LPG storage tanks and a loading gantry for discharge of LPG and other condensates.
It also involves a natural gas liquids (NGLs) export system comprising a pipeline, NGLs tank farm to be sited at Domunli as well as a catenary anchor leg mooring (CALM) buoy for handling sea-going vessels and an operation and controls complex at the project site.