Ghana Gas denies allegations of corruption in awarding processing plant contract

Ghana Gas denies allegations of corruption in awarding processing plant contract

Ghana National Gas Company Limited has vehemently refuted recent media reports claiming corruption and opacity in the award of contract for the Gas Processing Plant Train 2 (GPP2) project.

A statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communication Ernest Owusu-Bempah Bonsu on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, condemned what he described as “misleading publications” and assured the public that the accusations were baseless.

“The Ghana National Gas Company Limited has become aware of a publication in the Daily Post newspaper in its Monday 6th, May 2024 edition, and Ghanaweb news portal on Tuesday May 7, 2024 as well as other news media commentaries relating to the caption above.”

“The company wishes to state unequivocally that there has never been any such occurrence as is being reported by the media houses in question. Ghana Gas condemns in no uncertain terms such misleading publications regarding the award of the contract for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning (EPCC) and financing of Ghana Gas’ project technically known as the Gas Processing Plant Train 2 (GPP2 project).”

Mr. Bonsu highlighted that as a company that owns and operates infrastructure required for the gathering, processing, transporting and marketing of natural gas resources in Ghana and internationally, it became necessary to embarked on the infrastructure expansion project to process incremental gas flows from the Upstream Partners to meet the rising demand for gas for power generation and industrial use.

He said contrary to the claims made in the Daily Post publication, that the entire process has been shrouded in opacity and corruption, the company wishes to state emphatically that the award of the contract for the GPP 2 project to the selected tenderer, went through a rigorous tender process and “we have complied strictly with Act 663 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003, as amended, and all relevant approvals have been obtained.”

“Indeed, following the approval by the Board of Directors of Ghana Gas in 2021 to commence the GPP 2 project, management applied and sought approval from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to adopt the Restricted Tender procurement method under Section 38(a) of Act 663 as amended for the EPCC and financing of the GPP2 project.”

He insisted that there is no external influence being exerted on the CEO to execute the agreements as being alleged in the said newspaper publication and urged “all well- meaning Ghanaians to disregard any such mischievous publication.”

Mr. Bonsu cautioned the media to be circumspect with their reportage, urging them to verify and cross check facts, so as not to harm the reputation of innocent individuals and organizations.

“We caution the media to be circumspect with their reportage, verification of facts and cross checking, so as not to harm the reputation of innocent individuals and organizations. Ghana Gas remain committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in all our operations and would appreciate responsible and accurate reporting in our operations”

By: Akosua Asabea Asomaning & Bright Yao Dzakah | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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