In Ghana, the national electric utility the Volta River Authority (VRA) has announced a memorandum of understanding with a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group to develop a 1,200 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant.
Volta River Authority will work with locally-based Sunon Asogli Power Ghana to bring the power station online by 2018, Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah told a press briefing in the capital Accra last week.
Li Xiaohai, chairman of Sunon Asogli, said that he believes coal can do for Africa what it has done and continues to do for developed nations.
He said: “There is some misunderstanding. Coal is always fundamental to thermal energy in the world - it is bigger than oil, it is bigger than gas, bigger than any resources currently in use.”
“You can find out about the developed countries: Russia, Japan, China, India, South African, all those countries are still very much reliant on coal. But we don’t talk about it, because we all know there are environmental issues.”
Mr Li told local media that he doesn’t see any reason why Ghana should not import coal to solve its recurrent power crisis.