President inaugurates 100 megawatts power project for Burkina Faso

President Akufo-Addo cutting the tape for the inauguration of the power plant, with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso

President Akufo-Addo cutting the tape for the inauguration of the power plant, with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the 225 kilovolts Bolgatanga to Ouagadougou Power Interconnection Project to supply100 megawatts of power directly to Burkina Faso from Ghana.

 

At the inaugural ceremony on Friday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, President Akufo-Addo stated that the successful completion of the project had signified the strong bonds of friendship and co-operation between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

 

The implementation of the project, one of the priority projects of the West African Power Pool, was aimed at strengthening regional integration under the ECOWAS protocols and facilitating the regional electricity market.

 

The Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu, who was present at the ceremony, said considering the huge financial outlay for electricity infrastructure, particularly for power generation infrastructure, it was appropriate that such facilities were shared within the Region.

 

“Implementation of regional projects, like this 225kv Bolgatanga-Ouagadougou Interconnection one, would allow for the export of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso to serve the purpose of the creation of the West African Power Pool,” the Energy Minister said.

 

He was hopeful that upon full completion of the 330kv Aboadze-Prestea-Kumasi-Bolgatanga transmission backbone project, the target of 100 megawatts of power to Burkina Faso will be achieved.

 

“Ghana currently has adequate capacity for cross border transmission to neighbouring countries. Let us, therefore, continue to engage one another to make the necessary investments in order to put up the infrastructure that would enable us utilise the resources within the region to push the industrial agenda of our countries,” John Peter Amewu added.

 

The minister encouraged power utility companies in West Africa to intensify their collaboration in the development of projects under the West Africa Power Pool, adding “countries within the region need to create the necessary atmosphere in order to attract investments in pursuit of common projects.”

BY TIMES REPORTER

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