The emergency power barges government promised to ease the power crisis will arrive in Ghana in September 2015, the company building the barges, Karpowership Company limited has disclosed.
[contextly_sidebar id=”U1EgR3o9bhmEpwSNSHWL9JxWkW4J6MLV”]Government promised to deliver the first emergency power barge from Turkey by first the quarter of 2015 but it seems it has missed the deadline.
The two barges are expected to supply the country with 450 megawatts of power.
Questions are already being asked by many Ghanaians who expected the power badges to have arrive to reduce the effects of the load-shedding exercise.
Citi News’ Rabiu Alhassan who is in Instanbul, Turkey to assess the progress in the building of the power barges interviewed the Sales Director of Karpower Ship, Patrick O’drisscoll.
Mr O’drisscol indicated that the barges are “in the final stages to be deployed to Ghana.”
“The first contractual 225MW power ship is scheduled to be delivered in Ghana come September this year in Accra Ghana…and the second one will be subject to clarification but will be delivered at least 60 days earlier than contracted,” he added.
He noted that the second power ship will be delivered within “290 to 300 days” which will be in January 2016 and was hopeful that they can “deliver the power ships to alleviate the current dumsor problem that Ghana is facing.”
120MW interim power barge to be in by August
Meanwhile, Citi News has learnt that Karpower Ship is offering the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), an interim 120 megawatts power ship to be delivered to Ghana in August ahead of the two power barges.
According to the company, it is still in discussions to finalize the agreement with ECG.
“…the interim one is something that is being discussed by ourselves and ECG,” Mr O’drisscol added.
This notwithstanding the company says it is ahead of schedule to deliver the originally contracted power badge.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana