Giant power producer, Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited, is set to deploy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a 20MWp-50MWp [megawatt power] Solar PV in one year and another 160MW to be known as Benkongor Hydro plant in four years.
The expected total investment cost for the two projects is about US$700million.
In a statement issued by the company, Business Development Manager, Elikplim Apetorgbor, stated that the 20MWp – 50MWp Solar PV plant deployment by the Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd is urgently needed to augment the power generation in Freetown and other parts of the country.
He also noted that the move is also to complement power supply for the future construction works of the 160MW Bengongor Hydro Power plant in four years.
He further noted that, the deal was reached in a Memorandum of Understanding which signed between the Ministry of Energy, representing the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd.
“This occurred after a meeting with the experts of the Ministry of Energy and other key stakeholders on 29th March, 2021,’ he said.
The 7- member delegation later met with the Ministers and officials of the Ministries of Finance, Lands and Internal Affairs after which they paid a courtesy call on the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, who was elated about the visit and promised his utmost support to ensure the delivery of the projects within the shortest possible time.
Leading the investors from Ghana was Frances Anderson, Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Ghana. She was assisted by Philip Brima Kabba, the First Secretary to the High Commission.
The Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd team comprised of Qun Yang, Chairman of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd ; Wang Zhengjun, Deputy General Manager of the West Africa Development Unit, Elikplim Kwabla Apetorgbor, and Li Kanglin, Energy Experts and Business Development Managers of West Africa Development Unit (WADU).
Shenzhen Energy Group was led by Togbe Afede XIV, a Development and Investment Expert who is also a Director of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd.