Ghana’s Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor has cautioned that the arrival of the power barge is not the end to the country’s power crisis.
“Let me say that the arrival of this barge will not solve all our problems,” he reiterated at a welcome ceremony on Sunday.
The power barge docked at the Tema Harbour Saturday evening and is expected to ease the load shedding.
“It will make a contribution. As we speak the 250MW power project at Aboadze is also proceeding and indeed that is even bigger than the Karpowership… the KTPP Plant 220 MW is also at completion stage and TICO 120MW steam expansion has been completed. TAPCO has gone through the full combine cycle and a lot is happening in the sector. We do ourselves and Ghana a disservice when we focus only on the power barge,” he added.
“This is only a welcoming ceremony. There is a lot of work to be done to connect the barge to the national grid and also completing some paper work.
“I would want to take this opportunity to mention one particular person without whose leadership and dynamism this will never have come into place – the Minister of Petroleum who initiated this project.”
Addressing the gathering during the ceremony, the Power Minister noted that the Karpowership is to the benefit of Ghanaians.
“It is better late than never. At least it has arrived. Those who felt it will never arrive at least will take consolation in the fact that when government says it will deliver, it delivers.”
He also told the people that the power barge is expected to be connected to the national grid in a week’s time