Cummins Cogeneration Ltd (CCL), headed up by Deepak Khilnani, and WUTA Energy have announced that they are to commence the development of a 140 MW gas-fired power plant. The plant will be based in Beyin, and is the first phase of a 300 MW Power Purchase Agreement to supply energy to the Ghanaian Grid. Upon completion, it will be the largest gas engine power project in sub-Saharan Africa.
After successfully operating 100 MW of gas-based power projects in Nigeria, the clean energy group is set to introduce the same core technology to Ghana in 2016.
The facility will use Ghana's substantial natural gas reserves and will be the first development in the region to utilise Organic Ranking Cycle. This captures waste heat from the plant to generate additional energy, as such this not only delivers a notable economic benefit, but also significantly improves the environmental impact of the power plant.
Commenting on the project, Deepak Khilnani, Chairman of CCL, said, "Since the discovery of Ghana's natural gas reserves, it has been expected that gas would play a prominent role in the country's energy sector. As a leading organisation in this industry, CCL is thrilled to be taking steps towards meeting Ghana's energy needs."
Further to the improvements to the Ghanaian power supply, as well as the environment, local workforces will be contracted to construct, operate and maintain the plant.
"We want to utilise the energy and talent of local Ghanaians to make this project a social, as well as an economic success. We firmly believe it will have a positive impact on both short and long term local employment", said Khilnani.
David Brigidi, CEO at WUTA Energy, also said: "We believe that this project will continue to drive development in Ghana and look forward to working together with Deepak Khilnani and CCL to generate long-term power solutions for Ghanaian communities".
During a period of regional concern regarding the growing need for power, the announcement of the production of clean and affordable energy is one most welcome to the Ghanaian community.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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