Dumsor to end? 257 megawatts to be added to Ghana's grid

Five turbines out of six are currently operating at the Akosombo dam

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A total of 257 megawatts of power is expected to be added to the national grid between October and November this year.

Out of that, two new power plants acquired and stationed at the Kpone Thermal Power Plants (KTPP) are expected to produce 220 megawatts, while another one at the Tema Thermal Power Complex (TTPC) is also expected to produce 37 megawatts.

The cost of the two projects, which will be running on gas and diesel, is estimated at $230 million, the greater part of it being internally generated funds (IGF) of the Volta River Authority (VRA).

This forms part of measures the authority is putting in place to increase power generation in the country as demand increases continually.

This was made known to the media after visiting facilities such as the KTPP, TTPC, the Kpong Generating Station (KGS) and the Akosombo Hydro Power Generating Station (AHPHS) on Thursday.

The visit was also meant to update the public on the current plans and activities the VRA is putting in place to provide stable and adequate power supply to the country.

Akosombo Dam 
Meanwhile, the water level in the Akosombo Dam keeps dwindling, with the current level standing at 237.88 feet. The maximum operating level is 278.

The extreme minimum operating level is 235 feet. The water level is, however, expected to rise in three months.

Five turbines out of six are currently operating.

The Akosombo hydro station currently produced 636 megawatts of power, instead of the about 1000 megawatts, the Manager of Electricals at the station, Mr Ebo Amoah, told journalists during a briefing at the station.

Retrofitting project at Kpong 
At the Kpong Power Station, a retrofitting project is being carried out to overhaul the major parts of the turbines and to replace some.

Briefing the media, the Mechanical Engineer on site, Mr Korsi McCarth, said the project, expected to be completed in 2017, was to ensure reliable operation and improvement in the operating capacity of the turbines for the next 30 years.

“The completion of the project will add only a little over 1.5 megawatts of power to the existing plants,” he said, stressing that the overhauling exercise was necessary to keep the turbine plants always active.

With these measures being put in place, the Corporate Communications Manager of the VRA, Mr Samuel Fletcher, said he was hopeful that the December deadline given to resolve the power crises in the country would be met.

Source: Daily Graphic

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