We have no knowledge of new agreement – AMERI

 Mr Agyarko

Mr Agyarko

The ongoing controversy over the AMERI power agreement has taken a new twist with the Dubai based company claiming it was not aware of the novation agreement currently before Parliament.
In a letter sighted the Dubai-based company stated it had no knowledge of the new agreement.

According to AMERI, it was not involved in any discussion with the Energy Ministry on renegotiating or amending the power deal signed with the John Mahama-led administration in 2015.

It also stated it had no knowledge of any commercial discussions between the ministry and the new party Mytilineos Company Limited.

However, a separate letter also sighted indicated that AMERI at the very least had appointed a Ghanaian to liaise with the Akufo-Addo-led administration in its bid to review the original agreement.

The new deal presented to Parliament by the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, would realise a new company, Mytilineous International Trading Company, take over the management of the AMERI power plant for 15 years.

Government on Friday, August 3, 2018, withdrew the agreement from Parliament following the criticism and public backlash.

The revised deal brought to Parliament for approval, had received backlash as the original deal signed by the Mahama-led administration in 2015 during a major power paralysis in the country.

The $510million power plant for five years was criticised by the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) together with allied policy think tanks including Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) and IMANI.

The party promised to review the deal if it won power in the 2016 elections and when it did, a 17-member committee was constituted to investigate the details of the AMERI deal and provide recommendations.

The Philip Addison-led committee concluded the deal had been inflated by about $150 million and recommended a review.

But the new deal which has Mytilineos Company Limited taking over as plant owners for 15 years had been heavily criticised.

The Minority in Parliament pushed for the new deal to be withdrawn and had requested certain documents from the Attorney-General, Finance Ministry and other stakeholders.

The AMERI group suggested permits, permissions and requisite approvals were not gotten from other stakeholders to the existing power deal — the Finance Ministry, Attorney-General’s Department, Volta River Authority, as well as the Public Utility and Regulatory Committee (PURC) — before the documents for renegotiation, were sent to Parliament.

AMERI also served a final notice of default in outstanding payments of $82,660,560 stating that no action had been taken on earlier notices received by the ministry.–myjoyonline.com

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