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Power crisis AMERI power plant to start operation February

The plant would rely on supply of natural gas from the Atuabo gas processing plant for generation of power.

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The Africa and Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) power plant will commence operation in February this year.

This came to light when the Board Members of the Energy Commission led by its Board Chairman, Dr. Kwame Ampofo, paid a working visit to the plant at the Aboadze Power Station on Wednesday, to acquit themselves with progress of work, according to a Ghana News Agency report.

The power plant, which arrived in the country last year, has 10 units and five transformers, and is expected to supply 250-megawatt (MW) of power to augment the country’s power mix.

Ghana is battling with a crippling power supply that is collapsing businesses and making citizens uncomfortable.

In 2014 alone, Ghana lost over two billion dollars due to the national power crisis, according to a report from the University of Ghana.

The plant would rely on supply of natural gas from the Atuabo gas processing plant for generation of power.

The Ameri power contract was rocked with controversies late last year after it emerged that Ghana paid double the cost for ten power plants being provided by AMERI Group by a Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang (VG).

Dr. Ampofo expressed satisfaction at the quality of work done so far by the contractors and expressed the hope that it would be completed on schedule to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Ghanaians, GNA said.

“Normally construction of power plant takes about three years for completion but considering the approval of this project in February last year by the Cabinet and the current state of construction is very impressive,” he observed.

The power ministry on December 30, 2015 declared an end to the country's protracted three year load shedding exercise in a press statement.

However, the power ministry’s announcement was sharply contradicted by the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), William Amuna.

He told Kumasi based Ultimate Radio that the country’s load shedding exercise is not over yet.

‘I wouldn’t say the load shedding exercise is over but now we have enough generation to supply to the whole of Ghana, and we want to make sure that we maintain that,’ he said.

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