ACCRA, May 22 — The government of Ghana has given boost to fulfilling its long-held wish for the country to attain 5,000 megawatts (MW) in electricity-generating capacity by 2016 by reaching a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the construction of a 350-MW power plant at Takoradi in the country’s Western Region (Province).

The project will be undertaken in phases by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, PJSC (TAQA), a government-controlled energy holding company of Abu Dhab of the UAE. The first phase will be able to produce 100MW of electricity.

Presidential Spokesman and Head of Communications at the Presidency Ben Dotsei Malor, who announced this at a media briefing session after the deal was concluded here Wednesday, said the combined cycle power plant would also be able to produce 100,000 cubic metres of desalinated water daily.

The deal was reached following talks and the subsequent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between President John Mahama and the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs of the UAE, Sheik Al Gaith, at the Presidential Villa at Akosombo in Eastern Region, about 90 kilometres northeast of here.

Ghana’s energy demand growth of between seven and eight per cent per annum has forced the government to explore various options including renewable sources and coal-powered plants to ensure enough supply for both domestic and industrial consumption. Currently the total national installed capacity is more than 2,800 MW.

The talks between government officials and the UAE team also resulted in an offer of a 100 million US dollar grant to the government from the Abu Dhabi Development Fund for to undertake various infrastructure projects.

Malor indicated that the discussions also covered plans for port expansion at Tema to enhance its capacity to handle more goods, and the extraction of large deposits of bauxite at Nyinahin in Ashanti Region.


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