Dumsor troubles Power barges for Ghana still stuck in Turkey

Government had initially promised the two facilities would come in the first quarter of 2015 but was rescheduled to September.

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The emergency power barges, which were expected in september to solve the recurring energy problem is yet to arrive. The Power minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor promised Ghanaians in April that government will bring in the power barges from Turkey this month to help solve the energy crises. However, 5 months down the line, the power barges are still stuck in Turkey.

The Director of Generation and Transmission at the Ministry of Power, William Sam-Appiah, said the power barges may take about a month to arrive in Ghana, that is if it finally leaves Turkey.

“It hasn’t left the [Turkish] port yet but it is moving soon. There are a few things that are being done on the barge. It will start sailing and it will be in by the end of the month or a week into the month,” he said on Accra based TV3.

Mr Sam-Appiah  said the timing is such that by the time the barges arrive the construction of transmission lines would have also been completed.

Government had initially promised the two facilities would come in the first quarter of 2015 but was rescheduled to September.

Ghana had contracted Karpowership to build two power barges which was scheduled to arrive in Ghana by September 2015.

The two barges are expected to supply the country with additional 450 megawatts of power.

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