President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the newly retrofitted Kpong Power Generating Station, another successful manifestation of Government’s commitment to guarantee the efficiency, sustainability and reliability of the country’s power generating plants.
The completion of the retrofit, according to President Akufo-Addo “restores this power station into “as new” condition, and guarantees the country thirty (30) more years of operation.”
Commissioning the Project on Monday, 26th October 2020, the President told the gathering that, barely a fortnight ago, he commissioned the Volta River Authority’s (VRA) second utility-scale, grid-connected, 6.5-megawatt Solar Power Plant in, Lawra, Upper West Region.
The Kpong Generating Station first turned on its turbines in 1982, and, since then, its four (4) generating units producing one hundred and sixty (160) megawatts of electricity, has contributed significantly to lighting up homes, and powering the economy not only of Ghana, but of other countries in West Africa.
Government, President Akufo-Addo added, will continue with its efforts to support the energy sector so it can address all the challenges it faces, particularly, the considerable financial burden on the sector posed by the excess power capacity, contracted by the Mahama Government, and reiterated the commitment of his Government to making Ghana a net exporter of electricity in West Africa.
He, therefore, charged the VRA, which have been in the export trade for some fifty (50) years to ensure that it expands the frontiers of its current operations to countries like Mali, who require additional electricity supply to meet their development needs.
He stressed that Government will continue to support renewable energy development such as hydro, solar and wind, with the construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam, and Lawra and Kaleo Solar Power Plants buttressing the point.
President Akufo-Addo thanked the French Government and the European Union for the support offered for the realization of this project, a reaffirmation of the excellent relations exiting, and commend strongly the Chiefs and people, for collaborating with the stakeholders to ensure the successful execution of the project.