Citi Business News checks have revealed the first emergency power barge from Turkey has set sail towards Ghana.
[contextly_sidebar id=”VMSXR5teTq3FRmRWnXuyjCGQpegTVOH1″]The power barge constructed by Turkish Power Company, Karpower set sail after a ceremony earlier today.
It is expected to add some 225 megawatts of power to the national electricity grid when it arrives on November 12.
The power barges were originally scheduled to dock at the Tema Port in the first quarter of this year but this has since been rescheduled twice.
The emergency power barges form part of government’s immediate interventions to address the country’s struggling power sector.
Minster of Power Kwabena Donkor who was in Turkey to see the power ship set off says he is optimistic the arrival of the ship in Ghana will improve electricity supply.
‘Ghana is anxiously waiting for the arrival of this vessel into the Ghanaian waters, as we have gone through a temporal period of power challenges but as we speak we are almost at the end of it. Indeed as at yesterday another generating plant had landed at our cost and once we have this power badge and two other projects ongoing we can safely say we will be generating enough power to meet our power needs. In terms of access to electricity Ghana today ranks highest with South Africa with over 80% penetration of electricity’.
By: Norvan Acquah – Hayford/citifmonline.com/Ghana