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The 225MW Karpower barge is expected to feed into the national grid by December this year

In Ghana, the much anticipated first 225MW Karpower barge of an initial 450MW installation, is expected to be officially launched in Tema Harbour on Saturday, following its arrival in the country today.

Karpower experience delays

According to local media, Citi Business News, the barge was delayed due to documentation and routine customs formalities in Abidjan. The barge was then offloaded from the transport ship, Black Marlin, and towed by tugboat to Tema Harbour.

The power ship, which is expected to mitigate the country’s current power shortages, is expected to feed into the national grid by December.

According to the Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo) transmission lines to convey energy from the power ship to the national grid are almost completed.

GRIDCo stated that the ship will berth at a point in the sea close to the Tema Harbour and transmission lines and the ship will be submerged in the sea. GRIDCo also revealed that the ship was sponsored by ECOBANK, a leading independent regional banking group that operates in West Africa and Central Africa.

Projects to add more than 1,000MW

During a tour at the Tema thermal the Minister of Power, Kwabena Donkor, told the Graphic Online that the Karpowership had signed an agreement with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to provide the former with the heavy fuel oil on which the barges would run.

According to the Graphic Online, there are other projects expected to be operational by December and provide approximately 1,000MW of power. These include the 340MW, gas and oil fired, combined cycle Kpone plant, developed by Cenpower Generation Company.