Ghana Gas rubbishes alleged $812 million deal

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The Ghana National Gas Company Limited has refuted media reportage suggesting that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is involved in an alleged dubious contract.

According to the company, there has never been any such occurrence as is being reported in the media space.

Ghana Gas’ clarification follows 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 above subject.

A statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications, Ernest Kofi Owusu-Bempah, on Wednesday, May 14, 2024, rubbished the reports stating that the company goes through a rigorous tender process in strict compliance with Act 663 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003, as amended in all relevant approvals obtained by the company.

“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).”

The statement added 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, Ghana Gas embarked on this 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.

“Contrary to the claims made in the Daily Post publication, that the entire process has been shrouded in opacity and corruption, Ghana Gas 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,” it said.

It added: “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.

“In accordance with the Restricted Tender Procurement method, tenders were submitted by four (4) firms, and upon evaluation of their Technical and Financial bids, by the Entity Tender Committee, the selected tenderer was awarded the Contract following concurrent approval received from the Central Tender Review Committee (CTRC) of the Ministry of Finance.”

It further explained that there is no external influence being exerted on the CEO to execute the agreements as is being alleged and urge all well-meaning Ghanaians to disregard any such mischievous publication.

“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,” the statement concluded.


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