The Takoradi 2 Power Plant in Ghana

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The Takoradi II Power Plant project was an expansion of the existing Takoradi I in Aboadze, Ghana. The construction which was completed in 2015 resulted in a 110 MW combined cycle comprising a condensing boiler and a steam turbine.

The project entailed the conversion of an existing 220MW light-crude oil and gas-fired simple cycle power station. As a result, the power plant’s capacity rose to 330 MW (60% hydropower and 40% thermal energy), from its composition to its capacity.

The Takoradi 2 Power Plant is owned by Takoradi International Company Ltd. The company is a joint venture 90%-owned by the international energy group TAQA and 10% by the Ghanaian public electricity company Volta River Authority (VRA).

Reported in May 2014

UAE and Ghana sign MoU for 350MW power plant

The President of Ghana John Mahama and the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheik Al Gaith, have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a 350MW power plant in the Western Region.

The plant will boost the government’s efforts of increasing power generation to 5,000MW by 2016. The project will be undertaken by the TAQA, an Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and it is expected to produce 100MW of power during its first phase.

Ghana has experienced intermittent power supply which has raised concern over the state of the country’s energy sector. Ghana’s national electric energy consumption was 265 kilowatt-hours per capita in 2009. Its current total installed capacity is about 2,800MW, with the country’s demand of between 7% and 8% per annum, which has compelled the government to explore several options, including renewable sources and coal-powered plants to ensure enough supply for consumption.

According to the Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson, Ben Dotsey Malor, the UAE has offered a US$100m grant to the government from the Abu Dhabi Development Fund for the execution of various infrastructure projects.

Ghana generates electric power from hydropower, fossil fuel, thermal energy, and renewable energy sources. The Akosombo Hydro Generating Station, the largest hydro installation in the country, generates 1020 Megawatts of power. However, the Dam is expected to record a poor inflow of water in the next two years, which will lead to a shortfall in electricity generated from hydro.

The Station, according to sources, has been over-drafting for the last six years. The country’s energy mix is made up of 1180 Megawatts of hydro by the Volta River Authority; Bui Hydro 400MW; thermal (VRA) 922MW; thermal — Independent Power Producers 310MW; and solar 2.5MW.

Rising electricity demand, which is driving a shift from hydropower generation to thermal power generation, according to energy experts requires more investors in the oil and gas sector that will produce gas to power thermal plants. The largest power producer, the VRA, has had to rely on the importation of expensive crude oil to power its plants.

Jun 2014

Experts to assist in the maintenance of Ghana’s Takoradi thermal plant

Experts will assist in the maintenance of the Takoradi thermal plant, for it to keep running, hence providing sufficient and reliable energy to the country. This was revealed by the Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, during his inspection on the maintenance and installation of new thermal equipment at the plant in Aboadze, 17km east of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana.

In his statement, after conducting a closed door meeting with officials of the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Takoradi International Company (TICo), he stressed out the significance of the experts in supporting the Volta VRA with the operational and maintenance of the plant to generate adequate power supply for vital areas of the economy and minimize power outages.

Acting Director of Thermal Generation of the VRA Mr. Richard Oppong-Mensah said, the Authority is currently generating 100MW of power by means of a gas turbine due to the on-going works on the other turbine. However, the conversion of the two turbines into a combined cycle turbine will be capable of generating 330MW.

According to the General Manger of TICo, Mr. Osafo Adjei, the company is generating 110MW with one of its simple cycle turbine at the Plant. He also notified that, assembling of parts and maintenance is under-way on the other simple cycle turbine and is expected to generate an additional of 110MW by July.