The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a West Africa sub-regional bloc, will embark on a massive power development project between 2019 and 2033, Commissioner for Energy and Mines Sediko Douka said here on Friday.

Addressing the Committee of Ministers of the West African Gas Pipeline partner countries in Ghana’s capital, Douka said the commission had developed a new master-plan for power generation and transmission to be implemented over a 14 years period.

These were to deal with challenges of development facing the sub-region including the deficit in the generation and transmission infrastructure, limited energy access and the low performances of the power utilities and high tariffs, he said.

“The master plan includes 75 regional projects, 15.5 Giga Watts(15.5GW) of energy to be produced in which 31.1 percent are thermal plants using natural gas. Almost 23,000 km of electric lines will be constructed,” the commissioner stated.

On gas and power tariffs, Douka said the ECOWAS Commission was developing several regional regulation texts in its role of harmonizing regional policies in the mines, oil and gas sectors.

Ghana was committed to seeing to the sustainable implementation of the sub-regional gas pipeline project over a long period, said Minister for Energy John Peter Amewu in his intervention.

“As we know, energy and its conversion to power is the backbone for development and in this equation, gas is in pole position as the fuel of choice to energize our plans to deliver our vision cost-effectively,” he said.

The ministers were meeting in Accra to discuss an acceptable tariff for the delivery of gas through the sub-regional gas distribution infrastructure. Enditem


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