Mr Speaker, in conclusion, I just want to state that in view of the inconsistencies, that this side of the House and I have pointed out we advise Government to hasten slowly, withdraw this loan, go back and amend the various portions; go back and reconcile the figures and come back to this House for all of us to approve the loan for the development that we all need.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
Deputy Minister for Energy (Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah (NIP): Mr Speaker, I rise in support of the recommendations of the joint Committee on Finance and Poverty Reduction Strategy and l urge my the Colleagues to support the facility.
Mr Speaker, let me also take the opportunity to thank His Excellency Prof. John Evans Attah Mills for the initiative that led to this day. It was his visit to China in a landmark bilateral economic co- operation that resulted in this large facility that we are debating today.
Mr Speaker, l would like to draw your attention to page 7 on one of the recommendations of the Committee. Mr Speaker, on page 7, "Tranche B l, Oil and Gas Sector Infrastructure Development - Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Project -" it talks about an offshore gathering pipeline and early phase gas processing plant, an onshore trunk pipe including gas dispatch facility, a retrofit ofTema Oil Refinery to enable processing of the natural liquids.
In the second phase it talks about a Takoradi Petroleum Terminal Project to be managed by Bulk Oil Storage and Transport,(BOST). The first part is altogether about US$850 million and the second part for BOST is about US2O0 million.
Mr Speaker, there is a real urgency about some of these projects that we are talking about. And Mr Speaker, let me draw your attention to the current production of oil and gas in the Jubilee Field and where we are and why I say this is very urgent.
Mr Speaker, as I speak to you today, the associated gas that is being produced from the Jubilee Field is 94.20 cubic feet and this is dated from 21st August.
There is 94.20 million standard cubic feet of gas ; 8.45 million standard cubic feet of that gas is being. used to power the FPSO and 84.3 0 million standard cubic feet of that gas is what is being reinjected. Mr Speaker, 1.72 million standard cubic feet
is what is being flared, that is operationally being flared. And we have made a lot of progress to really reduce the amount of flaring.
But Mr Speaker, why this is very important is because expert has told us that beginning from May, when we started the reinjection, 18 months to a maximum of 24 months, within which we can continue to reinject this gas, any attempt to continue will really put in jeopardy the reservoirs and ultimately result in the real damage to the oil production that we are all relying on. Mr Speaker, that is really why it is very critical that an amount of almost US$850 million on that gas facility must be approved.
But more importantly, the portion that must also be approved, Mr Speaker, has to do with the portion that we are going to have BOST oversee, the terminals that would help this country to have strategic stocks.
It is interesting that in the past weeks, as we had shortages of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), we talked about the need for the country to plan ahead, the need for the country to have infrastructure and to plan for the long-term so that we are not caught off guard. This project, especially the strategic stocks that BOST would oversee is the project that would really get us in that direction.
But Mr Speaker, this gas infrastructure project is simply more than the pipelines being laid and the 120- kilometer pipelines being sent to Aboadze and the gas processing plant. Mr Speaker, yes, it is going to create jobs. Yes, it is going to really translate into helping our thermal plants, use gas as an alternative to crude oil which we are spending millions of dollars importing and this is really going