Power barge arrives Nov.

•  Dr. Kwabena Donkor — Power Minister

• Dr. Kwabena Donkor — Power Minister

The first of the two emergency power barges is expected to arrive in the country next month, and will start producing power by December.

The second barge is expected in December, and both will produce 225 megawatts each to augment the current power generational capacity.

Ebenezer Baiden, General Manager of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), disclosed this at a media workshop organised in Accra by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) on the major tariff reviews proposed by the utility companies.

“These interventions will help in ending the erratic power supply (dumsor) which has bedeviled the country for the past three years,” he said.

The power barges, manufactured by Messrs Karadeniz Power Group/Karpower of Turkey, a power ship manufacturing company, would be positioned at Tema and Takoradi.

He said the resort to the barges as a short-to-medium term response to the power crises, was necessitated by the drop in the water level at the Akosombo Dam, and irregular gas supply to the thermal plant, among other things.

At the moment, he said stakeholders in the power sector were almost ready in their preparations to receive the power barge which would arrive by the third week of November.

Mr. Baiden indicated that aside from the power barges, other emergency power plants would be developed next year, to boost power supply to meet the demand, and added that all the interventions would rely on crude oil to generate power at a huge cost.

He, therefore, appealed to the public to accept the tariff review proposed by ECG to enable it to improve the quality of its services to the public.

The Head of Public Relations of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Albert Quainoo, said the company was making all the necessary infrastructural arrangements, including constructing transmission lines right from their station to the Tema Harbour where the powership would berth.

“Preparatory works awaiting the powership is far advanced; the ship itself is ready to sail to Ghana. Its engines have been fired, and they are working perfectly. Arrangement for its coming has been fast-tracked; ECOBANK is also giving guarantee for the ship. A vessel to fuel it will be cited beside the powership. GNPC and Tranfigura will be doing the fueling,” he said.

The Director of Planning and Business Development at the Volta River Authority (VRA), Kofi Ellis, said the VRA was proposing over 100 per cent increase in tariffs to enable it to generate more power to meet the current demand.

The Ghana Water Company Limited also came with a proposal of over 100 per cent increase in water tariffs.

By Yaw Kyei

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