The Head of Communication at the Volta River Authority (VRA),says Ghana will continually rely on Nigeria for gas to enhance power supply.
According to him, although the VRA is undertaking a ten year strategic plan to ensure consistent power supply, Ghana will still have to rely on countries such as Nigeria for consistent power supply.
He further stated that Ghana has been compelled to rely on Nigeria for gas supply because it did not have enough resources to generate its own gas to ensure consistent power supply.
“How do we run thermal in a way that is relatively cheaper for consumers? Where do we get gas from?We need to speak to other suppliers of Nigeria to get other sources and suppliers to pump gas into the West Africa gas pipeline. Ghana cannot do away with gas from Nigeria,” he said
According to him, the VRA was setting up a ten year strategic plan to ensure consistent power supply.
He revealed that “……In the first quarter of 2015, we will have an additional 110 units from the T2 expansion.In 2016, the two projects will come up, the T4 and the Bogo Solar Plant which will also give us an additional 25 megawatts will also take off.”
The Aboadze Thermal Plant in the Western Region which produces 132 megawatts of power was shut down in 2013 due to a fault.
Speaking on the status of the plant , Mr. Fletcher stated that “we have done some work on the two gas turbines and the other ones that were broken down obviously has to be worked on. We are in the process of repowering the other two gas turbines and part of the steam turbines to be able to generate about 70 megawatts of power from it.”
By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana