Karpower barge relocation won’t adversely affect power supply

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The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) says the relocation of the Karpowership barge to Sekondi will not have an “adverse impact” on power supply in the country.

GRIDCo in a statement assured that: “there is adequate generating capacity to meet power demand during the period that the barge will be temporarily disconnected from the national grid.”

Karpowership Ghana Company Limited announced that its 470MW Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan will be off the national grid from today, Tuesday, as it finally relocates the power barge to the Western Region.

The Powership will depart from the Tema Fishing Harbor on Thursday and would berth at its new location within the Sekondi Naval Base on Friday.

In a statement, the company said the planned relocation will not last for more than 17 days.

The relocation is in line with government’s strategic policy for the barge to utilise Natural Gas from the Western Enclave.

This is expected to save the state a significant amount of money.

The Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan replaced a 225 megawatts barge which was delivered on November 2015.

The arrival of the vessel was part of the Power Purchase Agreement signed with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), requiring Karpowership Ghana Company Limited to provide a total of 450MW capacity, and directly feed it into the national grid for ten years.

Ghana’s installed capacity of 5,083 MW is almost double the peak demand of around 2,700 MW.



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