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Dec 16, 2013

Government will increase energy generation capacity – Minister


The Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Kofi Buah, says government cannot afford to slip in its bid to increase energy generation capacity in view of the increasing demand of power consumers.

He said the demand for electricity is growing by 10 percent annually, and that government’s target of increasing the country's energy capacity by 500 megawatts this year is on course.

The minister said the expected 400 megawatts power from the Bui Dam project and 12 percent from the Kpong plant will ensure that the annual target is achieved.

He therefore entreated power producing companies to work closely in ensuring that government's vision of making Ghana a net exporter of power is realised in the shortest possible time.

Mr Buah said this when he paid a working visit to the Aboadze Thermal Plant to familiarize himself with the progress of work.

Mr Buah said a number of power producing companies are coming on board and very soon, the energy producing enclave of Aboadze would generate about one thousand megawatts of power.

On demands made by some chiefs and elders of the area concerning land compensation and pacification of the gods, Mr Buah said government respects the traditions of the people and will therefore engage the chiefs to ensure an amicable resolution of any grievance.

Briefing the Minister on the T-3 repair works, director of Thermal Generation at the Aboadze Thermal Plant, Richard Badger said South West Research Institute, an independent energy firm from the USA, have been contracted to assess the damage on the four-unit gas turbines at the T-3 plant.

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