Ceremony held in Turkey to set sail power barge
Ghanaian and Turkish officials have held an official ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, to sail the much-anticipated power ship.
The power ship, one of two to be delivered by Karpower, is expected to arrive at the Tema Port on November 12 barring any marine weather conditions, officials have said.
The power ship is expected to augment the country’s power capacity by adding 225MW to the national grid.
The ceremony in Istanbul on Tuesday, October 27 saw officials from Ghana’s Power Ministry and the embassy in the Euro-Asian country, as well as some from Turkish power ship maker Karadeniz, gather at the port of departure.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Power Dr Kwabena Donkor expressed government's gratitude to its Turkish counterpart, calling for more cooperation between the two countries.
"In the 21st century where distances have narrowed our ability to marshal resources, the mutual benefits of our two people must be the priority of both governments."
He said Ghana is on the verge of ending the power crisis and therefore "Ghana is eagerly awaiting the arrival of these vessels in our waters".
The barge is expected to start feeding the national grid between 10 and 15 days after arrival. –Tv3network.com
250MW power plant arrives in Ghana
Meanwhile, the Volta River Authority (VRA) at the weekend received a 250-megawatt (MW) plant from Africa and Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) based in Dubai to augment the country’s power mix.
The plant has come in good time for the country’s power sector, with another relief, the Karpower ship from Turkey with 225MW, also due next month. AMERI plant The AMERI plant, which is made up of 10 power units, will be installed and hooked to gas from the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) as its fuel.
The 10 power units, each with a capacity of 25MW, will be moved to the Aboadze Thermal Power Enclave. Karpower ship The AMERI plants are different from the two 225MW Karpower ships expected in the country in the first week of next month.
The ships, which are un-motorised power ships, known as power barges, are power plants installed on a deck barge and technically referred to as “floating power plants”.
They are said to be strategic, as they will not require gas or light crude but rather heavy fuel oil which is much cheaper than diesel and light crude. Switchyard & platform At present, civil works at Aboadze are almost completed for the installation process to begin.
The contractors have reinforced the ground with steel works and casting for the switchyard or substation from where power generated will be transferred to the national grid.
Workers of E&P are also putting finishing touches to the platform, as trucks haul crushed rock to complete the work.
According to engineers of the VRA, the process to clear and move the plants from the port was ongoing.
It is expected that by December the plants would be feeding a minimum of 230MW and maximum of 250MW into the national grid.
The VRA expects that the addition from AMERI power would be very important to the move to go beyond 5,000MW.
On the status of the project, the source explained that the commercial agreement between the Ministry of Power and AMERI had been signed and executive approval for the project had also been obtained.
During his recent visit to the Western Region, the President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, reiterated the government’s commitment to fix the power crisis.
He indicated that several trillion cubic feet of gas associated with the country’s offshore oil discovery would be harnessed to the advantage of the country. – Graphic Online