Karpower Plant to be relocated to Ta’di power enclave – Amewu

Mr Amewu ( fourth from left) and others touring the  Aboadze Power Complex. Photo Victor A Buxton

Mr Amewu ( fourth from left) and others touring the Aboadze Power Complex. Photo Victor A Buxton

The Karpowership Plant, at Tema, will be relocated to the Takoradi power enclave by March next year to feed on the excess gas from the Sankofa-Gye Nyame oil exploration field for power generation.

 

According to Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, the relocation of the plant to Takoradi would also prevent a likely US$40 million dollars loss for government if the gas was left unused.

 

He was speaking yesterday here at Takoradi when he toured the Takoradi Power Enclave to familiarise with the operations of power plants run by the Volta River Authority (VRA).

 

The minister also inspected work on the Ghana National Gas Company interconnection project and the Africa Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) Power plant.

 

The Karpower, with a generating capacity of 450 Megawatts, was brought into the country in 2015 by the previous government during the peak period of the energy crisis which dwarfed the country some years back.

 

Per the ‘Take or Pay’ agreement with the ENI Ghana, producers of the natural gas at the oil exploration field, the minister said government was bound to make payments to the company whether or not the gas produced was consumed.

 

To this end, Mr Amewu said about 70 million standard cubic feet of gas would be made available to Karpower daily when it is relocated and end the use of light crude oil for power generation, which comes with a big running cost.

 

“By October this year, we are expecting ENI to be producing at a full capacity of about 170 million standard cubic feet of gas. We will be witnessing stranded gas if we do not find use for the commodity. The idea is to commit about 70 standard cubic feet to the Karpower which is currently docked at Tema and running on expensive crude,” he stated.

 

In the meantime, the Minister said the government would speed up the building of gas lines from the Ghana National Gas Company (GhanaGas) and transmission lines to connect to the national grid.

 

He said as an emerging economy, government would not relent on its efforts to ensure regular power supply for domestic use and industrial purposes.

 

A visibly angry Mr Amewu took a swipe at the Chief Executives of GhanaGas, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Volta River Authority (VRA) for absenting themselves from the tour and cautioned that government would not countenance practices and attitudes that would delay the implementation of programmes to make Ghana an energy hub.

 

Mr Stephen Owusu, Aboadze Plant Manager, said the plants situated at the enclave, Takoradi Thermal Plant 1, Takoradi Thermal Plant 2 and AMERI plant were being powered by natural gas from GhanaGas and where together generating 610 Megawatts.

From Claude Nyarko Adams, Takoradi

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