Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, is urging Ghanaians not to bang all their hopes on the Karpower barge as the facility brought into the country to end the erratic power supply.
He said there are a lot of other intervention projects that the Government of Ghana is embarking on to ensure that industry and domestic users of electricity are connected 24/7.
According to him, the Karpower barge outsourced from Turkey will only complement existing power generating plants and those yet to be installed in terms of service delivery.
“We’ve gone through a lot of serious challenges. It’s not been easy but we are getting there. The arrival of this ship or barge will not solve all our problems. It will make a contribution,” he noted when he led a team of ministers and some experts from the country’s energy sector to welcome the arrival of the Karpowership from Turkey on Sunday.
He said the Africa and Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) Power Project at Aboadze which is expected to contribute 250 MW of power to the national grid upon completion as well as the KTPP plant expected to generate 220 MW are all intervention projects being pursued by the government to end the erratic power supply, popularly known as ‘dumsor’.
TAPCO which has also gone through the combine cycle as well as the TICO 120 MW steam expansion project will all come on board upon completion to augment existing plants.
“There is a lot is happening the sector. We do ourselves and Ghana a great disservice when we focus only on the power barge.”
Power from the barge, according to officials of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) will be connected to the national grid within a week.