Government urged to cancel contract for second power barge

Government urged to cancel contract for second power barge

- A policy think tank in Ghana has called on government to abrogate the contract for the second power barge.

- According to them, the contract should be abrogated because the barges did not arrive on time.

Government urged to cancel contract for second power barge

A picture of the expected power barge

Deputy Executive Director of Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), Benjamin Boakye, has advised government to  abrogate the contract for the second power, barge set to arrive in September.

He added that government should rather take advantage of the power stability to renegotiate or terminate some power contracts. He insisted that since the emergency power plant is arriving later than the scheduled months stipulated, there is the need to terminate the contract.

He added that, it was obvious that the country would not make use of the emergency power barges , hence the need to abrogate  the contract on the basis of late delivery.

“Therefore at this stage where the power has stabilized we may not even need the emergency power plants which are coming at a cost…and that is why we are calling on government to abrogate those contracts for not delivering on time,” Mr. Boakye said.

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Ghana’s second emergency power barge is set to arrive in the country come September 2016.The construction of the Karpowership which has a production capacity of 225 megawatts of power is about 70 percent complete.

Government, in the midst of the power crises last year, signed an agreement with a Turkish company to deliver 450 megawatts of power to help meet the energy deficit.

The first of the two barges arrived in November 2015 and has contributed largely to the current stability in the supply of electricity but policy think tank.

 

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