Construction of what is set to become the largest gas-fired power plant in sub-Saharan Africa is set to commence in Ghana to take advantage of the country’s rich reserves of natural gas.
The construction of the 300MW gas-fired power plant is set to commence with the first 140MW phase expected to come online in 2016.
Cummins Cogeneration Limited (CCL) and Ghanaian-based Wuta Energy, who have signed a Power Purchase Agreement in efforts to boost the country’s generation output capacity, will develop the project.
The plant, to be located in Beyin – a village in southern Ghana on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea – will also employ Organic Ranking Cycle technology to generate additional energy using waste heat.
It is expected to deliver a very significant economic benefit while also significantly improving the environmental impact of the power plant.
Deepak Khilnani, Chairman of CCL, said: “Since the discovery of Ghana’s natural gas reserves, it has been expected that gas would play a prominent role in the country’s energy sector.”
Khilnani added that the firm will be employing from the local workforce to operate and maintain the plant.
“We want to utilise the energy and talent of local Ghanaians to make this project a social benefit, as well as an economic success. We firmly believe it will have a positive impact on both short and long term local employment.”
David Brigidi, the CEO of Wuta Energy added: “The Beyin Power Plant Project will not only increase the total energy base the country requires, but it will also jump-start economic activities especially in the catchment communities, which will enhance the living standard of the people.”
He concluded: “We believe that this project will continue to drive development in Ghana and look forward to working together with Deepak Khilnani and CCL to generate long-term power solution for Ghanaian communities.”
Source: ESI Africa