Govt expects to save $13.2bn from renegotiated power contracts – Finance Minister

The government says it could save the country about US$13.2 billion from successful renegotiating of some of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

The savings would accrue over the lifespan of the renegotiated agreements, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, told Parliament.

Mr Ofori-Atta said during the presentation of the mid-year budget review on Monday that the affected projects were Karpower, Cenpower, Early Power, Twin City Energy (formerly Amandi), AKSA Energy, and Cenit.

He said the renegotiations and the savings were some of the strategies adopted by the government to reduce costs and improve the energy situation of the country.

He added that the timely intervention of the Bank of Ghana, through the Special Forex Auction mechanism, was also expected to sustain the continuous supply of petroleum products in Ghana.

“Mr Speaker, the raft of sanctions imposed on Russia are tightening supply conditions for energy products. In response, the government is closely monitoring the stock of products at all depots. The timely intervention of the Bank of Ghana, through the Special Forex Auction mechanism, is also expected to sustain the continuous supply of petroleum products in Ghana,” he said.

“Mr Speaker, we have seen in this country the damage that disruptions in power supply cause to businesses, large and small, from factories to hairdresser salons,” he said.

The minister said “As part of measures to improve transmission and reliability of power supply and expend energy to all Ghanaians, we have, between January to date: completed the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point (BSP) Project, which comprises the reconstruction of a section of GRIDCO’s 161kV Winneba-Mallam transmission lines and tie-in-works, advanced the Volta-Achimota Lot of the 161KV Volta-Achimota-Mallam Transmission Line Upgrade Project to 85 per cent, from 83 per cent and connected 58 communities to the national grid as at end June 2022 with several communities at various stages of completion.”

He added that the government had also commissioned the Solar Irrigation Project at the Ho Technical University on March 18, 2022 to promote renewable energy systems.

On the renegotiations, the minister said for balanced, sustainable energy partnerships that provide affordable power for industrial, commercial, and residential use, the government kept its promise and successfully renegotiated PPAs with six IPPs.

“These renegotiated agreements are expected to have savings estimated at US$13.2 billion over the life of the PPAs through a combination of reduced capacity and energy charges. In other words, we are saving the Ghanaian taxpayer US$13.2 billion from power contracts signed by the previous administration,” Mr Ofori-Atta said.

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