Takoradi T2 thermal power plant has been expanded through a partnership between Taqa and VRA
Takoradi T2 thermal power plant has been expanded through a partnership between Taqa and VRA

Abu Dhabi energy company, Taqa and Ghanaian state-owned entity Volta River Authority (VRA), have successfully begun commercial operations at the expanded T2 thermal power plant in Ghana.

According to Gulf News Energy, the 330 MW T2 thermal power plant located in Takoradi, is now feeding electricity to the national grid, accounting for approximately 15% of the country’s total energy capacity.

Taqa chairman Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, told local media in Abu Dhabi that the company is proud to help restore reliable power to the lives of Ghanaians for many years to come.

Al Hajeri added: “The investment Taqa has made to ensure the success of this project underlines the major positive impact it will have for people locally and for our shareholders in Abu Dhabi through the additional income from the sale of power.”

Emissions decrease

Taqa expanded T2 power plant capacity by converting it from a simple-cycle to a low-cost high-efficiency combined-cycle generation facility that uses waste heat to generate additional power.

The conversion increases the net generating capacity from 220MW to an estimated 330MW with no increase in fuel consumption or emissions.

According to a company statement, Taqa has a 90% interest in the T2 thermal power plant, with VRA owning the 10% remainder.

All power produced from T2 thermal power plant will be sold under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the VRA.