Zoetic Global has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana for 100 MW of power generation from a hydrokinetic project at Akosombo Dam.
The project will involve an array of modular hydrokinetic turbines to be deployed in the tailrace of Akosombo Dam on the Volta River. A technology called In-Stream Auger Turbine from Natural Power Concept is to be used. Placement of the turbines in this location allows Zoetic Global to leverage existing infrastructure at the dam site, including grid connections, access roads and on-site maintenance buildings.
Akosombo Dam, owned by the Volta River Authority, impounds water for a 1,020-MW hydropower project and is the largest hydro plant in the country. This facility contains six turbine-generating units and began operating in the mid-1960s. It is anticipated that the new work will increase total power generation at the site by 10%.
“This project will bring substantial, clean and immediate power on-line without environmental impact or social disruption,” says Jerome Ringo, chairman and chief executive officer of Zoetic Global.
In Ghana, demand for new electricity from households has more than doubled in the past five years, Zoetic Global says, leading to several measures by the Ghanian government to support additional generation capacity. This additional 100 MW of electricity is expected to be enough to supply about 400,000 households in the country.
Zoetic Global is working with Natural Power Concepts, International Coil Ltd. and JWF industries on turbine production and preparations for project implementation. Manufacture of the hydrokinetic devices and components is scheduled throughout 2016 in the U.S. and India, with final assembly to take place in Ghana.
Zoetic Global, based in the U.S., is “a project development firm deploying life-sustaining technology solutions in energy, water and food security for people worldwide.” The company is actively negotiating power purchase agreements in other nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a press release.