The Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Ltd has resumed operational activities of power generation as long as the West African Gas Pipeline supplies the plant with gas. This comes after the plant was shut down due to inadequate gas supply brought about by the low pressure days forcing the shutdown for 2 and a half days.
The Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd Chairman, Kweku Shaw Lee, admitted that the independent power plant has consistently experiencing gas supply challenges due to stalled production from the WAGP.
However, the insufficient gas supply from Nigeria is not the only blame but also but also domestic demand.
In reference to Mr. Lee’s statement, there is still room for pipeline infrastructure which is expected to be put in place to supply gas to Tema in 2 years time. With the power demand concern, Asogli Power has taken the step of expanding the project by an additional 360MW to the initial capacity of 200MW making it a total of 560MW.
The Asogli Power is currently generating a maximum of power rated at 14% of the total power demand of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
Nonetheless, the government has been commended in the way it handled the matter to ensure sufficient gas supply is obtained for the country’s Independent Power Production (IPP) as they also contribute to the country’s power needs.
Shenzhen Energy of China is the current manager of Asogli Power and it holds a 60% share holding.