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I think we can all relax and heave a huge sigh of relief. We all know that with the Ghana govt's track record of actually implementing projects, this project was dead the very moment it was proposed.
 

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Why would a developing country go anywhere near nuclear power? We dont have the skills and expertise to handle something this dangerous, not to mention the sheer cost of building and running it.
Why not focus on solar or other types of cheap energy?
 

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S. David Freeman is former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, New York Power Authority and Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power. He is known for shutting down nuclear plants after realizing they are too dangerous and are not financially viable. See Freeman's You Tube video entitled, "Kill Nuclear Power Before It Kills Us".

This is most interesting. Puts the nail in the coffin. In the video he talks of a pipe in a running U.S. nuclear power plant which has supposed to last 40 years and failed after 18 months. Now the same guys who gave the estimate on the safety of the plant certified how long that pipe will last. RUSSIAN ROULETTE.

O regarding cost overuns check this out.
http://www.post-gazette.com/business...s/201310200290

The project, originally estimated to cost $14 billion, is now between 18 and 21 months behind schedule and $900 million overbudget. (Note this is for 2400MW of power Geothermal is far Cheaper)

While $900 million is a significant sum, it's still a small fraction of the cost overruns experienced during the construction of existing nuclear plants. Those, on average, ran 200 to 300 percent over budget. Vogtle is 16 percent over.
 

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Brazil Says Camargo Correa Targets Ghana Power Plans

Camargo Correa SA, Brazil’s third-largest construction company, will consider bidding on hydro-power projects in Ghana, where the government plans to spend $4.5 billion to double power capacity, Brazilian Ambassador Irene Vida Gala said.

The Sao Paulo-based company, the biggest generator of hydroelectric power in Brazil, will be the fifth construction company from Latin America’s largest economy to operate in Ghana, Vida Gala said in an interview yesterday in Accra. Brazilian companies plan to invest more than $600 million in Ghana infrastructure projects, according to embassy data. Camargo Correa didn’t immediately reply to an e-mail and phone call seeking comment yesterday.

“They are already in talks to come and establish a company and offices here. It’s preliminary talks but they will come,” she said. “They are going very much into what they are good in: electric generation of hydroelectric power.”

Ghana will add 2,500 megawatts of power in the next 10 years to halt outages and meet domestic demand estimated to grow 10 percent annually, Ebenezer Tagoe, finance director of the state-owned Volta River Authority, said last month in an interview. Power outages are curbing economic growth in West Africa’s second-largest economy, which the government says will expand 7.2 percent this year. Ghana gets about half of its electricity from thermal energy and uses imported oil to fuel the plants because of a natural-gas shortfall.
Africa Expansion

Brazilian companies from plane maker Embraer SA, to the nation’s largest builder ,Odebrecht SA, are turning to African nations that weren’t former Portuguese colonies to capture spending on infrastructure fueled by the discovery of oil, gas and other commodities. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met with representatives from Brazilian companies in July. Only Angola and Mozambique have more Brazilian builders operating domestically than Ghana, Vida Gala said.

Queiroz Galvao SA is expanding an airport in northern Ghana as part of a $100 million project, while Odebrecht is in a joint venture with Andrade Gutierrez SA to work on a $240 million highway connecting Ghana to its eastern neighbors, according to embassy data.
Embassy Expansion

Brazil more than doubled the number of its embassies in Africa to 37 in the past decade as part of a strategy under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to strengthen political and commercial ties with the continent, Vida Gala said.

Ghana and Brazil have been discussing a possible $1 billion credit facility for Ghana since 2011, she said, declining to give any more details. Trade with Ghana was $400 million last year, she said.
 

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List of Ghana power projects

Built:

Akosombo Dam - 1020 MW
Kpong Dam - 152 MW (after retrofit)
Takoradi I Power Station - 330 MW
Takoradi II Power Station - 330 MW (after expansion, currently 220 MW)
Sunon Asogli Plant - 200 MW
Osagyefo Barge - 125 MW

UC:
Bui Dam - 420 MW
Tema Osonor Power Project - 126 MW
Cenpower Power Project - 300 MW
Kpone Thermal Power Project - 220 MW
Takoradi II Power Station - 132 MW

Proposed:

GE Power Plant - 1000 MW (type unknown)
Jubilee natural gas plant(s) - 5-600 MW

Total: 7855 MW
 

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Proposed

Tokyo Electric Power Services Co (TEPSCO) - 2000 MW
Jacobson Jelco Ghana Limited - 360 MW
The MacBaron Group - 2000 MW
Mere Power Nzema Ltd - (Solar Project) - 155MW
Total: 4515 MW

TOTAL + Simfan Total: - 12370 MW
 

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Sunon Asogli to add 1,560 megawatts power

Ghana's energy production is set to increase, following an agreement between the Sunon Asogli Power Plant and the Shezhen Energy Group to produce 1,560 megawatts of power. The agreement

Under the agreement, a new plant is expected to be established by the Sunon Asogli Power Plant to produce 700 megawatts of power using coal.

The first coal-fired power plant is expected to cost $1.4 billion, including a coal facility for coal supply from South Africa.

Again, the existing facilities of the Asogli Plant will be expected to produce an additional 360 megawatts of power.

By the arrangement, the Shezhen Energy Group will also establish a new plant at Domlemi in the Jomoro District in the Western Region to produce 500 megawatts of power. Private sector

At a ceremony in China last Friday, the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, signed the agreement on behalf of Ghana, while the President of the Shezhen Group, Mr Hong Cao, signed for his group.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic from China, the minister said the government was very committed to creating an environment for the private sector to flourish.

He said the focus of the government was to ensure that it was a step ahead of the growing demand for power in the country.

He said the China Hunan Energy company was already in the country and was aware of the country’s increasing power demand.

He said the country, from all indications, was on the verge of becoming a net exporter of power in West Africa. Gas deposit offshore

The current gas deposit of the country, after various exploratory activities, indicates that Ghana has over nine trillion standard cubic feet of gas, which could guarantee the country several decades of constant power supply.

Currently, the Ghana Gas Project is underway, with an installed capacity of about 120 million standard cubic feet.
 

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LIST OF POWER STATIONS:

Built:

Akosombo Dam - 1020 MW
Kpong Dam - 152 MW (after retrofit)
Takoradi Abodaze T1 Power Station - 330 MW
Takoradi Abodaze T2 Power Station - 330 MW
Sunon Asogli Plant - 200 MW
Osagyefo Barge - 125 MW
Bui Dam - 420 MW

Total: 2,577 MW

UC:
Tema Osonor Power Project - 126 MW
Cenpower Power Project - 300 MW
Kpone Thermal Power Project - 220 MW
Takoradi Abodaze T3 Power Station - 132 MW

Proposed:

GE Power Plant - 1000 MW (type unknown)
Jubilee natural gas plant(s) - 5-600 MW
TEPSCO Power Station - 2000 MW
Jacobson Jelco Power Station- 360 MW
MacBaron Power Station- 2000 MW
Solargiga Solar Power Plant(s) - 200 MW
Nzema Solar Power Plant - 155 MW
Sunon Asogli I Power Plant Expansion - 360 MW
Sunon Asogli II Power Station - 700 MW
Dolemi Power Station - 500 MW
Scatec Solar Plant - 50 MW

TOTAL: 11,080 MW
 

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Sunon Asogli to add 1,560 megawatts power
Daily Graphic [link]
Feburary 24, 2014


Ghana's energy production is set to increase, following an agreement between the Sunon Asogli Power Plant and the Shezhen Energy Group to produce 1,560 megawatts of power. The agreement

Under the agreement, a new plant is expected to be established by the Sunon Asogli Power Plant to produce 700 megawatts of power using coal.

The first coal-fired power plant is expected to cost $1.4 billion, including a coal facility for coal supply from South Africa.

Again, the existing facilities of the Asogli Plant will be expected to produce an additional 360 megawatts of power.

By the arrangement, the Shezhen Energy Group will also establish a new plant at Domlemi in the Jomoro District in the Western Region to produce 500 megawatts of power. Private sector

At a ceremony in China last Friday, the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, signed the agreement on behalf of Ghana, while the President of the Shezhen Group, Mr Hong Cao, signed for his group.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic from China, the minister said the government was very committed to creating an environment for the private sector to flourish.

He said the focus of the government was to ensure that it was a step ahead of the growing demand for power in the country.

He said the China Hunan Energy company was already in the country and was aware of the country’s increasing power demand.

He said the country, from all indications, was on the verge of becoming a net exporter of power in West Africa. Gas deposit offshore

The current gas deposit of the country, after various exploratory activities, indicates that Ghana has over nine trillion standard cubic feet of gas, which could guarantee the country several decades of constant power supply.

Currently, the Ghana Gas Project is underway, with an installed capacity of about 120 million standard cubic feet.
 

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Ghana investors eye local power sector :)

Currently a 32-man delegation from the Rwanda Private Sector Federation is in Ghana to improve ties

About 25 000 Ghanaians come to Rwanda each year, but only 700 Rwandans come to Ghana^^. RwandAir operates 4 flights a week

Rwanda’s efforts to increase power generation to over 560MW by 2017 could get a big boost after Ghanaian investors expressed interest in the sector.

Officials at ReRoy Power Limited, one of the leading power generation and distribution company in Ghana, said they were ready to partner with local business people and the government to set up a power generation project in Rwanda.

Roy Papafio, the chief executive officer, said though the government is working with local businesses under the public-private partnership scheme to boost electricity generation, it should also foster joint ventures with international companies.

“It is through these partnerships that Rwanda will be able to tap into the expertise needed to generate and distribute power at affordable rates to spur growth. ReRoy power is ready to be part of the solution towards Rwanda’s energy needs,” Papafio said.

He was speaking during the recently-concluded visit by Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation to Ghana, where they discussed possibilities of forming joint ventures with their counterparts at the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Rwanda currently generates 110.8MW of power, with the government targeting to increase it to 563MW by 2017.

The government needs about $3b to increase access to electricity from 17 per cent of the population to 70 per cent over the same period.

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/index.php?i=15644&a=74805
 
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