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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Gas Company, Dr. Ben Asante, has announced plans to collaborate with local distribution companies [LDCs] to distribute gas to some selected franchise industrial zones in the country.

The measure is to enable the company to pay more attention to its core functions of processing and transporting gas.

“So, if a private sector can put up the infrastructure, we will be doing the operations. We are looking at the distribution of gas in some selected franchise zones like Tema. We will hand the gas over to an LDC or what we call local distribution companies to do the distribution while we focus on our core functions of processing and transportation.”

Dr. Ben Asante made the announcement during a visit of the leadership of Parliament to the company’s plant at Atuabo.

The visit was to give the leadership the opportunity to be exposed to the administrative and operational workings of the company to enable the House play its advocacy role – for and on behalf of the company – from an informed position.

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu explained that the intention of their visit is to change the instance where the House speaks for and on behalf of state institutions by only gleaning from publications without first-hand information about their operations.

“Oil and gas matters, we do know, are very dynamic and as such we must be well positioned to understand and appreciate the operations in order for us to be able to play the advocacy that we should be playing.”

He observed: “You are a young enterprise but we also do know that you have tremendous potential for the creation of a gas hub in the sub region. The elements for success are in place…”.

Deputy Minority Leader James Klutse Avedzi observed that the Ghana National Gas Company has proven to be a critical national asset that should be afforded all the necessary support to grow and continue to play its role efficiently and effectively.

“As MPs and people who legislate on these types of national assets, it is important that we visit them. Our visit has been an eye opener. We have learned that Ghana Gas produces about 2000mw of power for power generation. So, we can imagine what would have happened to our electricity generation without Ghana Gas especially now that we depend so much on thermal plants for power generation. We have seen the importance of Ghana Gas. So, if there is the need for expansion, if there is the need for Parliament to support them in order to increase their capacity, this tour has given us the understanding of what needs to be done and so we will be willing to support them.”

By Eric Yaw Adjei|Connect FM||Ghana