John Jinapor, the Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament and the Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu, has questioned Andrew Agyapa Mercer, the Deputy Minister of Energy, on his assertions regarding the Sankofa Gas project’s cost.
Speaking on Metro TV, the deputy minister defended the government’s payment to the energy industry, citing the 2024 Budget Statement that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had provided.
According to Agyapa Mercer, the Sankofa Gas pipeline is the most costly gas pipeline globally.
“Sankofa is very expensive. It is the most expensive pipeline in the whole world. We have paid 10 for Sankofa, the data will speak for itself,” he argued.
John Jinapor, who was on the program alongside Mercer, responded to his comments by expressing disbelief and amusement at his colleague’s accusations.
He then retrieved more information to refute Mercer’s assertions, including a thorough analysis of the true expenses related to the Sankofa project in comparison to other global gas pipelines.
“The Sankofa is 6.14, from PURC, the weighted average cost of gas. You take them individually and that you come to the weighted average price. They are saying that the individual one, Sankofa 6.1408, Jubilee 0. KEN 0.5 average price. So when you put them together then you have the weighted average. The current weight price is 6.079 which is less than what he quoted. When you put all the fields together that points to 6.079 not 10,” he said.
“Go and do your analysis very well,” John Jinapor said, challenging the deputy minister to review his data following his presentation of facts and numbers.