Energy in Ghana

  • Energy in Ghana Moving from hydro to a hybrid power generation system

    GHANA, 2017/07/02 In this interview with Upper Reach, Fred Oware, CEO of Bui Power Authority, discusses the opportunities and challenges in Ghana’s energy sector and the contribution of the Bui Power Authority to the country’s generation capacity We recently sat with Minister of Energy who said that the West African power pool had been struggling and that with energy request increasing in the region it was imperative that nations share its resources. In your opinion, where is better integration and cooperation needed between Ecowas members and what is the potential for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to address the power supply deficiency in the region?
  • Energy in Ghana Tackling the ‘dumsor’ crisis

    GHANA, 2017/07/02 President Nana Akufo-Addo came to power in January with a number of significant economic challenges to address – amongst them is Ghana’s power crisis, known locally as ‘dumsor’ (a term used to describe the persistent, irregular and unpredictable electric power outages). In 2015, the IMF called the energy crisis the “single-most significant risk” to Ghana putting its economy back on the path to robust economic increase, which it was enjoying up until 2014, at the same time as the commodities crisis took hold. GDP increase has slowed dramatically from the highs of 14 % in 2011, to 3.5 % in 2016. Increase in Q1 of 2017 accelerated to 6.6 % – a sign that things are moving in the right direction. But to maintain high-increase levels, it is estimated that Ghana must add an additional 2,000 MW to its generation capacity over the next five years.
  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • William Amuna, CEO, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), on infrastructure

    GHANA, 2016/12/24 What are the priorities for GRIDCo in terms of investment maintenance and upgrades? WILLIAM AMUNA: If you look at Ghana, around 85% of the people has reliable access to electricity. A major reason for this is a widespread energy network spread across all 10 regions within the country, and there are plans to improve infrastructure to additional districts. Significantly extending transmission is an achievable target, which will be helped by the construction of backbones or major transmission lines.
  • Ghana steps up to secure electricity supply

    GHANA, 2016/06/19 The start of new gas production in Ghana has significantly improved the prospects for long-term increase in the country, although efforts to exploit domestic reserves for local power generation faced a minor setback before this year. While Ghana’s hydrocarbons sector has seen relatively stable output over the initial few months of 2016, a two-week period of inspection and maintenance work on the Kwame Nkrumah, a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, led to a temporary drop in gas supply to the power sector. The shutdown slowed gas supply to the Volta River Authority’s (VRA) thermal generating facilities in Aboadze, reducing output by 250 MW, according to local media.
  • Ghana to bridge power shortfall with mix of new capacity and domestic fuel supply

    GHANA, 2015/12/27 New capacity and improved supplies of feedstock could mark the end of load shedding in Ghana, spelling good news for manufacturing and service industries alike. Ghana’s rapid economic expansion, largely driven by the development of the country’s oil industry, and supply disruptions have put increased pressure on utilities in recent years. Estimates from the Ministry of Power (MoP) indicate that electricity request is rising by as much as 12% per annum, while the country’s gas supply from Nigeria has suffered from intermittent flows. While investment in capacity and supply sourcing has fallen behind the fast pace of increase, new projects coming on-stream could herald a shift in the energy balance.
  • IAEA reviews Ghana’s roadmap to include nuclear power

    GHANA, 2015/11/23 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has met with key Agencies of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO) in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the gaps in the roadmap of the country’s Nuclear Power Programme (NPP) Schedule. The draft roadmap document, which stretches from pre-feasibility studies, to the commissioning of the initial nuclear power plant spans over the medium term period. Professor Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, in an address at the on-going conference, said the roadmap for the NPP has been drafted, following recommendations by IAEA experts on a visit to Ghana early this year. He said the aim of the experts was to develop a better considerate of the planning for a nuclear power infrastructure development, in order to prepare a response to a request from the country for a national project in the 2016-17 Technical Committee (TC) cycle.
  • Côte d'Ivoire's President Launches West African Energy Leaders Group

    BENIN, 2015/07/31 Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara headed a top-level line-up of political and business leaders on Tuesday, June 30 in Abidjan to launch the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG) in West Africa, with concrete plans to drive sector reforms and a pipeline of bankable investment projects for sustainable energy access across the region. Sub-Saharan Africa, where 600 million people live without electricity, has the lowest level of energy access in the world, and West Africa has the highest levels of energy poverty on the continent. Electricity and clean cooking facilities are fundamental building-blocks for prosperity and wellbeing, from basic health and education to industrial and agricultural development.
  • Ghana to cater the rising domestic request for electricity.

    GHANA, 2013/07/29 Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) is reportedly planning to build a gas storage facility in Kumasi city, Ghana to cater the rising domestic request for electricity. As a part of the facility development plans, the company is expected to construct an oil pipeline from the Western region to the Kumasi oil depot. BOST corporate communications manager Nat Acheampong told Luv Biz Statement that the studies for the pipeline project are in advanced stage.
  • African energy environment seems rather dynamic at present

    BOTSWANA, 2013/07/02 Cross Border Data’s African Energy Atlas 2013 has just come out. What does is tell us about the continent’s energy reserves, production and next prospects? This annual publication is largely comprised by a selection of maps detailing everything from major continental rail and road connections, patterns of political risk, energy infrastructure, country-by-country power supply, oil and gas reserves and downstream hydrocarbons markets. Maps are drawn/updated annually by ‘journalist mapmaker’ David Burles and an introductory piece describes the process of production as requiring the application of investigative techniques to obtain even the majority basic data. Data on the continent’s energy environment has been built up using “not only maps, but as well press releases, news statement and good old-fashioned journalistic legwork”.