Akufo-Addo cuts sod for 400MW gas power plant

President Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for construction of a 400-MegaWatt Bridge Power project, the world’s largest LPG-fired power plant.

At a ceremony in Tema on Thursday, the President said that the $1 billion project is consistent with his government’s vision of making Ghana self-sufficient in electricity for industrial and domestic use, and to drive the country’s socio-economic development.

This project, would be one of several initiatives to be introduced along the power supply value chain in order to achieve a cost effective, efficient and sustainable energy sector.

Energy experts believe Ghana has not fared well in negotiations with private power producers in recent years, especially as such agreements were negotiated during emergency periods and times of power shortages, .

President Akufo-Addo noted that government is a natural cheerleader for the private sector, but will do so within the framework of protecting the public purse.

“For us (our)nterest in these agreements rests largely on cost, reliability and flexibility. I am glad the plant will be able to operate on LPG, natural gas, and diesel, and this flexibility will allow the plant to continue producing power in times of disruption in the supply of any one of the fuel types”.

The plant is specifically designed to switch to Ghana’s own natural gas, once available. This should help advance the strategy to leverage natural gas as a long-term source of fuel.

The President stated that he was looking forward to Early Power Limited helping government to fulfill its vision of creating a modern, efficient, diversified, and financially sustainable energy economy.

He wants the power plant to be cost effective, efficient and sustainable, ” I am informed that the technology of this Early Power project is one of the most efficient types in the world, and we are happy you chose it for Ghana.”

The President assured the private producers of the project that Ghana will be a great place to do business under his watch, indicating that the sector ministers will work with the private producers to address any challenges that may arise during the implementation of the project.

President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to prioritize the efficient utilization of energy, “turn off the lights when you leave a room. Switch off fans when not needed. Iron your clothes in bulk”.

Bridge Power is a 400 Megawatt (MW) greenfield power and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project that will be located in Tema near the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). The project will be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas, and diesel.

Stage 1 will use five GE TM2500+ gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine in a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) configuration that will collectively generate 200 MW of power.

Stage 2 will add another 200 MW through four GE LM6000 gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine, again in a CCGT configuration. Together, this will amount to over 17 percent of Ghana’s reliable generation capacity.

Bridge Power is being developed by the Early Power Limited (EPL) consortium, made up of Endeavor Energy, a leading independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, a leading independent Ghanaian energy trading firm; and GE (General Electric), the world’s premier digital industrial company.

Source: Presidency

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