The first emergency power barge from Turkey, expected to ad some 225 megawatts of power to the national electricity grid has finally set sail for Ghana after it was commissioned earlier today.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, minister of power Kwabena Donkor expressed optimism over the power barges stating they would, to a large extent, help improve the acute power shortage in Ghana
Considering the urgency of the barges to cushion the deficit in Ghana’s energy production, a fast boat, called a Semi- submersible vessel, has been contracted to pull the barge for it to arrive in Ghana in two weeks.
The power barges were originally scheduled to dock at Tema Port in the first quarter of this year. It was rescheduled to September 2015, but government failed to meet the first two timelines for the arrival of the barges.