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President John Dramani Mahama commissions Bui Generating Station – adds 400MW to Ghana’s installed capacity
Ghana’s second largest hydroelectric generating station, located on the boundary between the Northern and Brong Ahafo Regions, has been commissioned by the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, stating that the country is on its way to becoming a major producer of power in West Africa.
The $790-million Bui Generating Station will add 400 megawatts of electricity to the installed capacity of the country.
President Mahama said two private sector power generators have signed a power purchasing agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana to supply about 100 megawatts solar power to the national grid.
He said the Volta River Authority has started feeding in solar power into the country’s transmission grid from its Navraongo solar power plant.
He announced that 15,000 stand-alone solar systems have been distributed to public institutions to reduce their reliance on national transmission grid.
In addition, the President said, the Energy Ministry has also distributed solar lanterns to off-grid communities that are yet to be connected to the national grid, promising that more would be given out to other remote communities.
President Mahama indicated that the government has invested a lot of resources to strengthen the national transmission grid, citing the inauguration of the new Kintampo power sub-station in May, which he said has improved power supply to the northern sector of the country.
The President acknowledged that the Bui project created thousands of jobs as well as transfer of knowledge and skills to a plethora of young engineers. He also commended the Bui Power Authority for a great job done including resettling indigenes of the area and dealing with issues of livelihood empowerment.
Minister of Energy Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah said the Bui Dam would add 20% to the country’s energy generation.
He announced that the Bui Generating Station has a unique feature which makes it possible to operate without the use of water and can be sustained all year round irrespective of change in weather.
The Minister said efforts have been put in place to ensure transmission losses are reduced in order to make maximum use of power generated.
The Chief Executive of the Bui Power Authority, Jabesh Amissah Arthur, in his speech, promised to efficiently manage the Generating Station.
Downstream view of the Bui Generating Station