International energy solutions provider, WorleyParsons has announced its US-based office will be joining forces with the South African branch to maximise their combined expertise for the development of the Kpone power plant in Ghana, West Africa.
WorleyParsons noted in a company statement that it signed an agreement with Cenpower Generation Ltd, the Special Purpose Vehicle created to develop the Cenpower Kpone Independent Power Plant, to act as the design engineering partner.
This entails providing concept design, detail design, procurement support, construction and commissioning support up until the point of hand-over to the operational team, the company explained.
Kpone power plant
Kpone power plant is reported to be part of the Ghanaian government’s effort in addressing power shortfalls in the country.
The project will comprise a multi-shaft combined cycle configuration consisting of two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and a single steam turbine, and will have a nominal installed capacity of approximately 340MW.
Power generated by the plant will be supplied directly to the public power utility, Electricity Company of Ghana.
Highs and lows of the project
Walter Quinn, senior project manager at WorleyParsons, stated that the Kpone power plant project is experiencing some key challenges such as unreliable water supplies at the site.
Quinn said the project is based on all water requirements being supplied from the seawater system, with desalination by reverse osmosis and electrode-ionisation or mixed bed water treatment, to generate potable quality and demineralised water.
“We are working hand in glove with the client on this fast-moving project so that as soon as each phase of the plans is completed groundwork can start on site,” he stated.
Quinn highlighted that some of the major foundations for the Kpone power plant have been completed and construction is progressing well.
He also disclosed that the first steam turbine has arrived on site, representing the first major piece of equipment to be delivered.