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Kumasi 1 thermal power project to address voltage and power quality

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The recent commissioning of the Kumasi 1 Thermal Power Project is expected to bring relief to the ongoing voltage and power quality challenges in Kumasi and the northern regions of Ghana. President Akufo-Addo led the ceremony on April 17, joined by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and VRA CEO Ing. Emmanuel Antwi Darkwa.

According to the Volta River Authority (VRA), the decision to launch this project was based on a grid impact study conducted by GRIDCo, which recommended the need for at least 250MW of power generation in the Ashanti Region to ensure grid reliability and stability. The siting of the power plant in Kumasi is expected to enhance the quality and reliability of electricity for consumers in the middle and northern parts of the country.

Furthermore, the project is aimed at effectively utilizing national gas resources and creating employment opportunities for the local community. It will also provide practical training opportunities for students at institutions like Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Kumasi Technical University.

The Kumasi 1 Thermal Power Project originated from the expiration of the BOOT agreement between Ameri Energy Limited and the Government of Ghana regarding the previous Ameri power plant. Following its transfer to VRA in 2022, the decision was made to relocate the plant to Kumasi, with full funding from VRA’s internal resources.

The project is being executed in two phases, with the first phase involving the relocation of six TM2500 units generating 150MW. The second phase, scheduled for completion in June 2024, aims to increase the plant’s capacity to 250MW. VRA’s team of engineers, supported by selected service providers, is overseeing the project’s execution.

Overall, the Kumasi 1 Thermal Power Project signifies a significant step towards enhancing power stability and reliability in the Ashanti Region and beyond, with the potential to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in the area.

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