Construction of what is set to become the largest gas-fired power plant in sub-Saharan Africa is set to commence in Ghana to take advantage of the country’s rich reserves of natural gas.
The plant, developed by Cummins Cogeneration Limited and WUTA Energy, will generate 300mw of power when completed. The first 140mw phase will be connected to the Ghanian Grid next year.
The plant, to be located in Beyin - a village in southern Ghana on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea - will also employ technology generating additional energy using waste heat.
The two firms involved have already built several smaller gas-based power plants in Nigeria.
“Since the discovery of Ghana’s natural gas reserves, it has been expected that gas would play a prominent role in the country’s energy sector,” said Deepak Khilnani, Chairman of CCL. “As a leading organisation in this industry, CCL is thrilled to be taking steps towards meeting Ghana’s energy needs.”
The firms said mostly local workers will be employed to build the plant.
"We believe that this project will continue to drive development in Ghana and look forward to working together with Deepak Khilnani and CCL to generate long-term power solutions for Ghanaian communities," said David Brigidi, CEO at WUTA Energy.
Electricity generation is considered the major factor limiting industrialisation of Ghana. The country’s major power source is the 1,038mw Akosombo hydro power plant. Africa’s largest solar power plant, the Nzema project, is also being built in Ghana. Once completed, the 155mw plant will provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes and increase Ghana's electricity generating capacity by six per cent.