Managers of the Takoradi International Company (TICO) plant in the Aboadze Thermal Enclave say the 330MW of power expected from their power plants by end of June will lead to an improvement in the current power crisis.
Speaking during a visit to the Aboadze Enclave on Thursday by President John Dramani Mahama, the Managing Director of TICO, Nana Osafo Kantanka, said the company is currently generating only 105 megawatts from its second gas turbine (SC 2).
The other turbine, SC 1, which has a capacity of 110MW, has been shut down for maintenance. The other plant in the enclave managed by VRA’s TAPCo is producing an average of about 250MW.
According to Nana Kantanka, the SC 1 turbine is undergoing total refurbishment and rehabilitation to transform it into a “virtually brand new machine, which will take us the journey of another 25 years.”
He announced that work is almost 95% complete on the new steam turbine under construction, from which another 110MW is expected.
“On behalf of the workforce of TAQA, TAPCo, VRA and all our partners, we are committing that come the end of June 2015, TICO will be producing 330MW of power”, the TICO Managing Director announced.
In his remarks, President Mahama said gas is now available in the Aboadze enclave from Ghana Gas, and expressed the hope that when all the maintenance work is completed, “and both TICO and TAPCo are working properly, there will be enough gas to fuel them, so that there will be reliable service.”
President Mahama said when the ongoing repair works on plants in both Tema and Takoradi are completed, and gas is also available, there would be an increase in supply to keep up with the fast growing demand for electricity.
President Mahama also inspected the site for the systems to be installed for the 250MW Ameri-Energy/ APR emergency power badge.
Source : tv3network.com