William Hutton-Mensah - ECG Boss

Seth Tekper, the Finance Minister has announced that government will add additional 342 Megawatts (MW) to the expected installed capacity of 2,845.5MW in 2014.

He said government would complete the first phase of 220MW Kpone Thermal Power Plant (KTPP), the 110MW T2 (Tico Expansion) and Volta River Authority (VRA) 12MW Solar PV project to increase the installed capacity.

Presenting the 2014 Budget in Parliament, Mr Tepker said in line with government?s objective of achieving 5,000 MW generation capacity by 2016, the 132MW combined cycle Takoradi T3 Plant had been completed.

In addition, he said two out of four generating units of the Bui Hydro Project were commissioned to generate 266MW into the national grid at peak periods.

Mr Tepker said the move had reduced power curtailment in the country and stabilized the voltage supply, adding that construction works for the expansion of the 110MW T2 Aboadze plant had commenced.

To reduce distribution losses, he said the afore-mentioned projects would be completed.

Others include ECG 33/11kV primary sub-stations at Fawode, Achiase, new Dansoman and Anyinam in Ashanti Regions and the construction of a new Bulk Supply Point at Tema (Smelter II), as well as the installation of 70,000 split-prepaid meters to replace credit meters within ECG?s system.

Mr Tepker said 2,309 out of 2,912 credit meters had been replaced with prepaid meters in the ECG area of operation, representing 80 percent.

He said in the NEDCo area of operation 2,157 out of 3,447 credit meters had been replaced with prepaid meters, representing 63 percent.

In line with the medium term objective of increasing renewable energy to 10 percent in the generation mix by 2020, the following renewable energy projects will be pursued: the installation of solar stand-alone power systems for off-grid basic schools to facilitate learning of ICT in 98 districts, installation of solar systems at 25 energy service centres and 65 Solar street lights for remote rural communities, Mr Tepker said.

He said feasibility studies on the Pwalugu and Juale mini hydro power projects would be undertaken to pave the way for the addition of 120 MW.

 By Cephas Larbi

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