Karpower Barges can only supply power by Febuary 2016

Although a power-generating plant is expected from Turkey by November, it will be unable to immediately provide a power-hungry country any electricity until Febuarary 2016, an energy think-tank ACEP, is predicting.

The news puts the Power Minister’s promise that loadshedding will end by December in serious doubt.

Government had banked hopes on floating power stations from Turkey to Ghana which plug into electricity grids after berthing.

African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) believes that the expected delays in the immediate power supply will be due to preparation and testing works for the plant after it arrives.

Karpower ships constructed at a cost of $2million each began in the last quarter of 2014 and was first expected in April 2015.

But hopes were dashed in April and resurrected after a new September date was given by government.

Government explained that delays in paperwork and physical work of contructing the barges further pushed the delivery date..

Ghana’s new hope is November.
Four turbines of the Kpong power plant which are being retrofitted at a cost of €42.75million is expected to be completed by January 2016 to boost power supply in the country.

“Talking to engineers on this project, they say that Febuary 2016 [will be the completion date]” Amin Adams revealed. Other projects like Sunon Asogli project is expected in January 2016 but Amin predicts March 2016 is more realistic.

In view of these developments, Amin Adams said Ghanaians should tame any expectation that one of government’s popular promise to end loadshedding by December will materialise.

“I sincerely doubt that it can end, not even next year”

Admin Adams has already said that increasing Ghana’s installed power capacity won’t solve the loadshedding. According to him, at the heart of the crisis is a $1billion debt which government must settle its part.

He believes that if government were to pay ECG’s $500million and other monies owed VRA and Ghana Gas Company, they will be financially viable enough to fulfil their mandates.

Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline|Edwin Appiah|[email protected]

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