PURC Assesses Situation At Thermal Plant

Samuel Sarpong,Executive Secretary,PURC (2)Members of the Technical Committee of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) have paid a working visit to the Takoradi Thermal Plant at Aboadze in the Shama District of the Western Region.

The six-member committee was led by the commission chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Annan.

Briefing the media, the director, Public Relations and External Affairs, Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah, said thermal generation had become a major component of electricity.

She said the visit was to ascertain the problems that some utility providers were encountering and to see how best to resolve them.

Nana Jantuah said demand for electricity was high exceeding the supply which could bring about low shedding or break downs.

She intimated that the Takoradi Thermal Plant needed enough gas to operate more efficiently and at lower cost.

The acting Plant Manager of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Mr. Prosper Diabah, disclosed that work on the expansion of the plant would be completed in 2015.

He said when the Takoradi Plant Four (T4) was completed; Aboadze would become the hub of thermal power generation.

Mr. Diabah said the plant was using Three Million Dollars ($3million) on crude oil a day adding “the arrival of gas in commercial quantities will reduce to about half, adding

“The turbines can run for 24,000 hours on gas but can only do 12,000 hours on crude oil” daily.

The plant manager said the cost of generating power would be reduced when the supply of gas was enough and sufficient.





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