Ghana plans groundbreaking in August for 400-MW Bui

Ghana government officials and hydro builder SinoHydro Corp. of China plan ceremonies August 24 to launch construction of the 400-MW Bui hydroelectric project on Ghana’s Black Volta River.

Ghana’s ambassador to China, Afare Konkor, visited SinoHydro headquarters in Beijing July 23 to discuss preparations for construction start. After detailed discussion on the opening ceremony, the parties reached agreement, SinoHydro said.

Officials of the Ghana Ministry of Energy and SinoHydro initialed a US$594 million engineering-procurement-construction contract in March, providing for development of Bui. (HNN 3/23/07) Bui is being funded by Chinese commercial credit and preferential buyer credit, SinoHydro said.

The contract includes a power station, transmission line, an irrigation project, and environmental mitigation. Bui includes a roller-compacted-concrete dam and three generating units totaling 400 MW.

Ghana President John Agyekum Kufuor toured the 1,062-MW Akosombo hydro project July 24, calling for patience of the public as his administration works to secure sufficient electricity to end load shedding. (HNN 2/16/07)

Local media reported the water level in Akosombo’s reservoir has begun to show signs of stabilizing after a period of consistent decline due to drought. Plant operator Volta River Authority has been operating only two of the plants six turbine-generators.

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