VRA to shutdown Kpone Thermal Plant in 2017

kpone-thermal-power-stationThe Volta River Authority (VRA) thermal plant at Kpone is expected to be shutdown in 2017 due to excess capacity: a situation where generation is more than consumption.
This was disclosed by the newly elected chairman of the senior staff association of Volta River Authority Cephas Duse.
The plant that began test transmission in late last year at a cost of $220-million has two turbines each producing 110 megawatts. The dual-fuel turbines could be operated on natural gas and diesel. The power stati
on is located in the Kpone neighborhood of the port city of Tema, approximately 31 kilometers, east of the central business district of Accra.
Meanwhile, authorities say the shutdown of the Kpone Thermal Plant would not be much of an issue to the country’s energy sector since the country has many power plants installed than needed.
Reports indicate that the country has over 3500 megawatts installed capacity, whereas the country’s peak demand is around 2200 megawatts.
The chairman of the senior staff association of Volta River Authority Cephas Duse noted, “For VRA, what we are hearing now is that we are going to have excess capacity in the system and as a result of that our thermal plant will not be around in 2017.”
Meanwhile, director of Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (Kite-Ghana) Ishmael Agyekumhene has asked the authorities to ensure constant supply of fuel to other running power plants as Kpone plant is shutdown next year.
This, he said, if not adhered to will plunge the country into erratic power supply
He further raised concerns about the need for the country to restructure its gas debt with Nigeria in order to have a regular fuel supply.
In a related development, some independent power producers in the country owe the VRA to a tune of 5 billion Ghana Cedis.
Outgoing chairman of the senior staff association of VRAWilfred Amanu has therefore suggested that the debt of the VRA should be restructured in such a way that the VRA will have the financial muscle to undertake its operations.
This he believes will relieve the VRA from buying crude oil and standing in for entities who may fail to pay back to VRA.
Government is said to have paid about 250 million dollars to some banks that the Volta River Authority owes in June this year.
Desmond Frimpong|3FM 92.7|

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