Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has lauded Ghanaian partners in the Cenpower Company for working hard to ensure the realisation of the project.
He also praised the company for its local content policy, which he said had helped in training and skills transfer as well as providing employment for the people in the area.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur gave the commendation when he inspected the ongoing works at the project site of the Cenpower Generation Company Limited at Kpone, near Tema.
The 350MW combine cycle power plant whose construction started on January 29, 2015 is now 42 per cent complete and expected to be handed over in September, 2017. The total project cost for the generation plant, transmission substation and fuel supply assets are $900 million.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur also applauded the vision of the Cenpower Company for helping to increase and stabilise the country’s energy supply. He said the increase investment by Independent Power producers in the power sector was in-line with government's agenda to add 5000MW of power generation to the national grid.
He said despite the improvements in the current energy supply the country still needed about 20 percent reserve margin before the nation could completely be self-sufficient in power supply. Vice President Amissah-Arthur later unveiled a Tunnel Boring Machine at the project site, which would be used to construct sea water intake and the outfall, as a cooling system for the Combine Cycle Gas Turbine power plant.
The deployment of the TBM is to help drill underground passages and tunnel for project as well as minimise the environmental impact of construction activities.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur also visited the new 161kV power substation and the installed first gas turbine, generator and other auxiliaries.
Mr Samuel Nana Brew Butler, Chairman of the Cenpower Company Limited stated that the vision of the company was to become Ghana’s leading private sector power company. He said the company would focus on supplying fuel-efficient, reliable and sustainable electricity to the country.