Nigerian government has on Monday threatened to cut gas supply to the Aboadze Thermal Plant in Ghana following the failure of the Ghanaian government to settle its indebtedness to the Nigerian gas authorities.
According to report, Ghana owes the Nigerian authorities over GHC100million ($26million).
Ghana currently receives in excess of 140 million standard cubic feet per day of gas from Nigeria. The supply, although not enough, has greatly enhanced power supply in the country over the last few weeks.
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority Dr. Charles Wireku-Brobbey told Accra-based Joy FM that constant power supply in the country is not dependent on the incoming power barges from Turkey.
“The problem for us not the arrival or non-arrival of the power barges. As we speak the government owes Nigeria over GHC100million, which we are yet to settle, and that is the problem that should concern us,” he said.
Speaking with newsmen, Mr. Edward Bawa, Communications Consultant at Ghana’s Energy Ministry said since the inception of the West African Gas Pipeline Project, Nigeria, which is responsible for supplying Ghana, Togo and Benin with natural gas, has proven to be unreliable.
“Since gas started flowing through the West African Gas Pipeline, Nigeria has demonstrated that they cannot be relied upon to give us gas,” he maintained.
According to him, Nigeria was supposed to send 123 million cubic feet of gas to Ghana but was only able to supply around 49 cubic feet, saying the quantity is “woefully inadequate to enable us to power our generating plants.”
Bawa called for an increase in the sanctions to be meted out to Nigeria for breaching the contractual agreement, noting that only this will serve to deter Nigeria from continually breaching the terms of the contract.
He said, “The penalty, for the entire contractual period, if Nigeria fails to meet the supply requirement is $20 million dollars. That is peanut to them so they do not have incentive to supply Ghana the required quantities of gas,
especially when they have other thermal plants that are asking for gas. Simply they are just not respecting the contract.”
Ghana had in November 2014, accused Nigeria of breaching the agreement to supply gas to it, a situation that has worsened the country’s power supply.