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Bui has long been conceived to be developed into a city near the national border, to be one of the potential new growth poles for enhancing cross- border trade and tourism, thus contributing to the country's economy. It is envisaged that a Model City be Built at Bui to be the Most Livable City in Africa, representing a human habitat to accommodate the influx of people seeking to take advantage of new opportunities offering economic, tourism and educational opportunities.



The vision seeks to make this a world-class facility, leading in tourist attraction in the sub region characterized by value added features such as Good Jobs and Economic Opportunities, A New Economic Zone which Embraces Technology, Effective and Efficient Infrastructure, Diversified Affordable Housing Options, Availability of Goods and Services, Good Health Care Access, Good Schools, Availability of Leisure Activities, A Peaceful Environment with Least Perceived Threat of Terrorism and one that Fosters a Sense of Belongingness, making Bui City indeed a Livable City.

Check out pictures at the website still under construction
http://www.buipowerauthority.com/home.htm
 

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The Bui Hydroelectric Project was conceived long ago after Mr Albert Kitson had visited the gorge in the 1920s and declared the site suitable for a Hydro plant. Successive governments from Dr. Nkrumah’s time till the turn of the 21st Century had made unsuccessful attempts to construct the dam. In July 2007 however, the Government of Ghana secured funding from the Chinese Government to undertake the project.



When completed, the Bui Project will have a maximum generation capacity of 400 MW and a net average annual energy production of 1000 gigawatt hour/year (GWh/yr). The Ghana Government considers that the implementation of the Bui project is critical to meeting Ghana's future energy needs.



The Bui Project is located on the Black Volta River on the border of the Bole (Northern Region) and Tain (Brong-Ahafo Region) districts in North-Western Ghana, approximately 200 kilometers from Buipe, where the Lake Volta created by the Akosombo Dam ends. All components of the project lie entirely within the boundaries of Ghana. The specific location of the Bui Project is particularly suitable for a hydroelectric project because of the relatively deep gorge where the Black Volta River flows through the Banda Hills.



The project includes a main dam in the Bui Gorge and two smaller saddle dams in the neighboring Banda Hills, which will create a reservoir occupying 444km2 at full supply. A powerhouse and a switchyard will be built nearby the main dam, and new transmission lines will run east from the project site to the existing north-south transmission line corridor near Teselima and then south to substations at Techiman and Kenyasi. In addition, there will also be a construction of an irrigation system as well as a construction of a nucleus of a metropolis called the Bui City.
 

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strange that i can't really find any images of how the project will look like when completed, but project began over a year ago...help me out here my fellow Ghanaian with any images for this project
 

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Bui dam construction to begin immediately
Nat Levy , 01/08/2007

Construction should begin on the new Bui Dam in three weeks, Finance Minister Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu said in an interview with The Statesman. The project, which is expected to take approximately four and a half years to complete, is a collaboration with the Chinese government and its Export-Import Bank.

"The Chinese are already in town and on-site," Mr Baah-Wiredu told The Statesman. The Minister emphasized the necessity to start the project immediately so as to ease the mounting pressure on other electricity generating areas. The new dam would produce 400 megawatts and add to the production of electricity at Akosombo and Kpong.

With the announcement of possible shutdowns of turbines throughout the country the national anxiety over the energy crisis is growing, and it is imperative to begin the project as soon as possible, he said.

"We will try and have them (Chinese) to work day and night," Mr Baah-Wiredu said. The $622 million endeavour will be funded primarily through a credit and concessionary loan from the Chinese Export-Import Bank. $562 million will come from this agreement, while the Ghanaian government will contribute $60 million or 10 per cent to the project.

Mr Baah-Wiredu spoke of some concerns of the progress that can be made with concessionary loans. He cited the Achimota-Neoplan Junction to Ofankor dual carriageway. In this situation the loan terms were agreed upon quickly, but the project did not begin for another eight months. Visibility studies and other issues complicated the matter.

Mr Baah-Wiredu told of his preference for capital loans. He said they are more efficient and allow contractors to simply receive their funds and begin the project. Unfortunately interest rates on these loans are not as kind as those of concessionary agreements.

Mr Baah-Wiredu hopes that the successful completion of the dam will set an example for the infrastructure of that part of the country. Besides the project to create a Bui City, the dam should help answer the question of how to revive and increase commerce in the towns of Navrongo, Paga and Bogatonga, all in proximity to the dam.

Along with the large amount of foreign investment, this project has raised the eyebrows of the private sector as well. Ecobank, one of West Africa's largest banking firms has already ventured into the area and began building a branch near the dam's construction site.

The importance of this project was well recognised by Parliament. After such heavy disputes that led as far as physical confrontation last week, Members of Parliament echoed one another in their views of the importance of the dam. The decision went through unanimously.

The next step in the process is to wait for the construction to begin. All involved are hoping that the project will not see lengthy delays.With the urgency attached to this project, pressure will be put on all parties to begin the construction as soon as possible.

Along with this project, the government is looking at using other rivers in further attempts to alleviate the energy crisis. If this process runs smoothly the government will target the Pra, Tano and Ankobea rivers as future dam sites. Visibility studies are yet to be run on these areas, but Mr Baah-Wiredu said that he believes all three have the potential to produce large quantities of hydro-electric power.

People in Ghana are beginning to fear that the energy crisis is spiraling out of control. Projects such as this aim to curb the issue. It is with a careful eye that the country will look upon this construction and draw their conclusions on whether or not this energy crisis will come to an end anytime in the near future.
Seems that it's hard to find non envirogarbage sources, but it does seem rather bad.
 

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I really do hope so. Although that guest house makes me skeptical of their claim to be "Most Livable City in Africa" (with caps :lol:)

i think that building was constructed for people visiting the work site..but i do hope they build better looking buildings for Bui City than that piece of crap
 

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I can never cease to be impressed by the Chinese speed.
We can all get there, if we're better at time management, along with a host of other things! :cheers:
 
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