Ghana’s Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, says Ghana will be increasing the capacity of energy it supplies to Burkina Faso to 100MW.
Agyarko also revealed that works on the transmission lines from Bolgatanga to Burkina Faso for the supply has begun, JoyOnline reported.
“We have been supplying power to Burkina Faso in a smaller quantity of 0.5MW since 2003, but it moved to 9.2MW in 2013, but it has now got to the point that Burkina Faso have embarked on a development agenda and need more power, and Ghana has agreed to supply power to a tune of 100MW,” the minister noted.
Agyarko addressed members of the media at a press conference in Accra whereby Burkinabe energy minister, Professor Alfa Oumar Dissa were also present on a courtesy visit.
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The Ghanaian energy ministry has underscored the need for West African countries to coordinate the distribution of electricity in the sub-region to reduce the cost of power.
They have urged leaders in the energy sector to collaborate and help implement the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) project to help reduce electricity cost.
“Those who want to exploit us will play us because we exist in small points, but going forward, we have to be of absolute resolve, and together we can do what is required for the benefit of our people,” he said.
Dissa revealed that Burkina Faso has embarked on a project to build another dam in addition to Bagre Dam to contain the excess water the dam produces.
“Burkina Faso is taking the extra step to trap the water, possibly for power generation, irrigation and slower release into Ghana’s space,” he said.
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