Ghana’s Minister for Energy, John-Peter Amewu has commissioned a $ 5.3 million 330kV/161kV interconnection auto transformer at Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Limited at Kpone, near Tema, in the Greater Accra Region.
The project was funded by Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Limited.
GRIDCo contributed $3.3 million while Sunon Asogli Power invested close to US$2 million to cater for the remaining cost of the project.
The project involves installation of a 200MVA auto transformer to facilitate evacuation of about 120MVA additional generation capacity from the Sunon Asogli power plant into the grid.
The new equipment will provide flexibility in system operation by enabling power transfer between the 161kV and 330kV networks, thereby, ensuring stable and reliable transmission of power.
The project will further make about 1500GWh of electricity available per year to the Ghanaian national grid.
Delivering a speech to commission the project, Energy Minister John-Peter Amewu noted that the project has been borne out of a necessity.
According to him, the West African nation has gotten to a stage where temporary power outages cannot be tolerated.
This, he said, places huge responsibility on managers of the sector to ensure that the lights are kept on at all times.
He said the project is one of the measures that has been put in place to ensure reliable and continuous power supply.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Grid Company, Ing. Jonathan Amoako-Baah said:“Our commitment to maintaining a stable electricity grid has received a further boost with the completion of this project. We applaud the collaborative effort of Sunon Asogli in making this a reality. This is, once again, a testament to how a collective resolve by both our Senior Management, staff and key stakeholders can elevate our operations and transform Ghana’s power sector.”
On his part, Chairman of Sunon Asogli Power, Yang Qun said: “We are excited to be part of this project, which will ultimately support measures by the Ghana government to ensure sustainable and reliable power transmission in the country and across to neighbouring countries.”