In the next two months, Ghana is expected to receive and install a consolidated 400MW of power barge. The country is still struggling to stabilize power crisis. In 2015, the government installed a 225MW of power barge that have been constructed by the Turkish firm Karpower.
Though the country is currently experiencing power stability, the government is however having plans to prop up power generated from a bigger generating facility.
In June 2014, Karpowership signed a 10-year PPA with Ghana’s Electricity Company of Ghana for the provision of 450MW directly to the country’s national grid via two Power ships. The project is described to be the first Powership project in Africa and seeks to meet the electricity demand of Ghana. The project is expected to account for 22% of the Ghana’s total energy generation.
The Power Purchase Agreement has been signed between the state power distributor, ECG and Karpowership Ghana Company Ltd for the supply of the two barges. The two barges are expected to generate a total of 450MW each. The megawatts contribution will be directed to feed the country’s national grid for the next 10 years to come.
The first barge docked in Ghana last year in September. The second barge is expected to dock in the country in September this year but a new arrangement has scheduled the new barge to single handedly produced the needed 450MW of power in accordance to the agreement signed.
Apparently, the current barge is expected to be sent back to Turkey upon the arrival of the new consolidated power barge. Additionally, the expansion works at Tema is likely to commence in the coming days to reflect the size of the new barge coming on stream.
Karpowership is a subsidiary of Karadeniz Holding. The company pioneer’s in innovative energy projects for the last 20 years, playing an active role in medium to long-term investments in domestic and international markets. Presently, Karpowership owns and operates more than 1,500MW installed capacity globally. The company also supplies 10% of Iraq and 25% of Lebanon’s total electricity generation.