5 April 2012 – Ghana, which is undergoing load shedding, has seen the country’s main power producer, the Volta River Authority (VRA) warn that this will continue until the middle of this year. It will be alleviated in about June or July 2012 when the utility will be able to add capacity of some 200 MW to the system above what it currently has.

An expansion of the combined cycle plant at Aboadze, near Takoradi, 218 km west of Accra, is expected to be completed at that time which will add some 132 MW to the utility’s generation capacity. The project is a collaboration project between the governments of Ghana and Canada and is aimed at augmenting the existing power generation capacity to ensure adequate and reliable power supply in the country.

In addition, 100 MW of capacity will be returned to service at Aboadze following repairs and replacement of parts.

VRA operates a total installed electricity generation capacity of 1,730 MW. This is made up of two hydroelectric plants on the Volta River, with installed capacities of 1,020 MW and 160 MW at the Akosombo and Kpong generating stations, respectively. It also has a 330 MW combined cycle thermal plant at Aboadze, near Takoradi. A further 220 MW thermal plant, Takoradi International Company (TICO) is owned as a joint venture with TAQA from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier load shedding in Ghana has also been attributed to a shortfall in gas supply from the West Africa Gas Pipeline. The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is contracted to supply 130 million cubic feet of gas to the West African sub-region but has only been supplying 70 million to 80 million cubic feet.