Biogas Project to Add 600MW Power to Ghana’s National Grid

Nearly 600 megawatts (MW) of power will be added to the national grid from a biogas facility four years from now, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

The Norwegian company implementing the project, APSO Ghana Limited, has planted more than two million trees in the Brong Ahafo Region to bring the project into fruition.

President Mahama made this known at a joint news conference with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, Wednesday, the second day of his official visit to that country.

He explained that the biogas project was one of a number of projects geared towards increasing power generation in Ghana, as well as diversifying the energy mix.

The President said beyond providing electricity, the biogas project was designed to provide employment and also protect the environment.

He commended Norway for its support in building the capacity of Ghanaians in the management of the gas and petroleum sector, as well as supporting the implementation of safe environmental practices.

Seminar on Energy

Later at a seminar on energy, Mr Finn T. Jacobsen, a representative of APSO Ghana Ltd, commended President Mahama for what he termed the massive investment and attention paid to the energy sector in Ghana.

According to him, Ghana had not witnessed such attention and investment in the energy sector since the construction of the Akosombo Dam.

Responding to concerns raised by some potential investors in the energy sector, the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, said the requisite legislative framework had been enacted to support investors.

As a result, he said, the government was pursuing aggressive reforms in the energy sector to deal with all challenges.

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