The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) in partnership with the Japanese government is expected to construct a hybrid 350 megawatts water and power plant.
This will add to a 110 cubic meter plant currently undergoing expansion by TAQA in Aboadze in the Western Region to improve the country’s energy situation.
The hybrid project when completed would enhance not only the supply of electricity but potable water to the Western and Central regions of Ghana.
The energy company together with other investors and stakeholders paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Energy and Petroleum to make a presentation on how they intend to run the Independent Water and Power Production Plant.
The Chief Executive of Takoradi International Company (TICO), local representative of TAQA Nana Osafo Adjei said the company has partnered VRA and government over the last 11yrs to improve power generation in the country.
He stated that a meeting between President John Mahama and the parent company in Abu Dhabi informed the decision of the company to increase their investments and broaden their scope to cover water.
“The management of TAQA is interested in partnering the Government of Ghana and its respective agencies in the power and water sectors to develop additional capacity to the tune of 350MW which will involve both water and electricity,” he added.
The Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Buah lauded TAQA for their prompt response to the President’s call, saying it shows their commitment to impacting positively on the Ghanaian economy.
“The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing will jointly work with you and make sure the necessary support is given to ensure timely completion of this important project,” he assured.
Present were representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) and some management members of Sojitz the Japanese company that will help in the construction of the plant.