The newly constructed AMERI power plant in Ghana which will be an emergency power plant is expected to commence commercial operations by February 2016, Energy Commission Board Chairman Dr. Kwame Ampofo has announced.
Accompanied by the Board Members of the Commission including Mr. Michael Opam, acting Executive Secretary, Dr. Rudith King, Mr. Stephen Duodu and Mr. Kobina Fosu, Mr Amopofo said the plant construction project during a courtesy visit at the project site at the Aboadze Power Station to acquit themselves with progress of work.
The power plant is however, expected to provide additional 250MW of power to the national grid as the country’s power generation capacity is presently progressing steadily.
According to Mr. Kostakis Marismos, METKA Project Manager, the contractors fixing various components of the plant, they are working hard to meet the deadline in view of the importance of the government attached to the project, hence working 24 hours per day throughout the week to meet the recommended target.
Dr. Ampofo expressed satisfaction at the quality of work done so far by the contractors and expressed the hope that the project will soon be completed as schedule to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the country.
He also expressed satisfaction over the fire and safety precautions instituted by the contractors and indicated that as a state regulator, it will always protect the interest of residents.
The power plant has 10 units and five transformers with each unit have the capacity to generate 24MW. Each transformer is capable to support two units while the power that would have been generated will be evacuated through the 161kv substation to interface with the existing network.
The plant will rely on the supply of natural gas from the Atuabo gas processing plant for generation of power.
AMERI had signed an agreement with the Government of Ghana to construct, operate and transfer (BOT) the plant for a period of 5 years.