Gas to drive railway sector – Ghana Gas CEO

Gas to drive railway sector – Ghana Gas CEO

The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) is planning to spearhead the promotion of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to drive the country’s railway sector, as part of efforts to promote the diversification of gas utilisation, according to Dr Ben K. D. Asante, Chief Executive of Ghana Gas.

Relatively safer and less environmentally polluting, the use of gas for vehicular transport in the form of CNG, he said, reduces operating costs by about 60%, instead of using diesel for the internal combustion engines of buses and other means of transportation.

Dr Asante said the company is in the process of facilitating its market expansion, which would take about 80 to 90 per cent usage of gas for thermal power generation to non-power applications such as agro-chemicals and petro-chemicals. Gas would, subsequently, be used mainly as feedstock, instead of use for generation of heat and its conversion either into energy or for secondary processes.

He was speaking at the third edition of the GNGC’s Gas Challenge on Thursday October 27, 2022 at the University of Ghana Business School in Accra, under the theme: “Embracing the Future Together: the Indispensable Role of Gas in Facilitating Socio-economic Growth and Development.”

3rd Gas Challenge

The Gas Challenge is a competitive educational programme designed to create awareness and enhance the knowledge of both industry and academia in the gas value chain; from exploration and production to gathering, processing and transmission of gas, and distribution and utilisation at the downstream end.

First edition of the Challenge was in 2019, the second in 2021. The 2022 event is featuring 12 institutions, including three new entrants; the Tamale, Kumasi and Ho Technical Universities, together with the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana Communications Technology University, Cape Coast University, Takoradi Technical University, University of Mines and Technology, University of Energy and Natural Resources, All Nations University, and the Regional Maritime University.

According the Ghana Gas CEO, the competition is “the first step of many to come to deepen the knowledge of the Ghanaian population,” and added that the hope is for participating students to gain an interest in gas processing and transportation. After the contest, there are opportunities for internships, scholarships, and permanent hiring for those students who are more inclined toward the oil and gas sector.

Rev. Ntim Fordjuor, Deputy Minister of Education, in his remarks, noted that the Gas Challenge resonates with the ministry because it explores critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and team work which are the 21st century skills needed to be inculcated into students at all levels.

“The times that confront us today are dire and complex in nature; the global economic crisis, global climate change crisis, global health pandemic – are major challenges that must be confronted, but cannot be done with rote memorization,” he said.

Head of Government Relations at Ghana Gas and Chairperson of the Gas Challenge Committee, Augustina Osei Asare, said the competition is for the first time introducing the Semi-Finals stage which will take place on 30th November, with the Grand Finale on 8th December, 2022.

At the end of the first contest of this third edition, the University of Ghana secured an automatic spot at the Semis as winners of this round, with the Ghana Communications Technology University and the Tamale Technical University following suit as 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.

Source: Energy Ghana



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