Bui, Ghana — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 19 January 2012 – The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has announced that it has taken delivery of three turbines and two transformers which are to be installed at the 400MW Bui hydroelectric project in the West African country of Ghana.
Reporting this development, HydroWorld.com says each of the turbines cost US$4.7 million, while each transformer cost US$1.7 million, giving a total cost of US$17.5 million.
The pieces are parts of a powerhouse in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo region that is, according to a BPA representative, nearly 70% complete. The project features a concrete gravity dam with a five-bay spillway, three penstocks, a switchyard, 276 km of transmission line and a permanent bridge downstream of the dam.
Financing for the US$622 million project is being provided through a concessional loan of US$263.5 million and a buyers’ credit of US$298.5 million from the Chinese government and Exim Bank, respectively, with Ghana’s contribution being US$60 million.
Ghana selected SinoHydro Corporation Limited as the project’s contractor in 2008, while management and staffing duties were assigned to BPA.
BPA officials said they were still awaiting the delivery of one more transformer, but that the project is on schedule for commissioning by the end of 2012.