The leader of Ghana’s largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says the next NDC administration will establish a coal fired power plant at Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region if he is elected as the next person on December 7, 2020, when Ghanaians go to the polls.
Ahead of that, both the incumbent President and the leader of the opposition party are traveling around the country to reach the electorate with their campaign messages.
Addressing a durbar of chiefs and people of Ekumfi Otuam on the second day of a four-day tour of the Central Region, Mr Mahama said the coal fired power plant which would have a generation capacity of 2,000 megawatt (MW), will augment the country’s hydro, thermal and solar sources of power generation significantly.
He said after a series of feasibility studies, Otuam, the hometown of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, has been identified as a potential site for the project.
“We identified a number of possible places where we can build this project. We started from the West down to the East, trying to get a possible location around the coast to put up the infrastructure.
“One of the potential sites is Otuam, the hometown of our late President Atta Mills,” Ghana News Agency quoted Mr Mahama as saying.
Coal-fired plants produce electricity by burning coal in a boiler to produce steam under great pressure. The energy produced from coal is cheaper, abundant and more affordable than that from other sources.