Jacob Brown Yawson, the manager of technical services at the Volta River Authority (VRA) says Ghana’s coal plant project which will be located at Ekumfi Aboano in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region, will commence in April, 2017.
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The US$1.5 billion which is expected to take three-and-a-half years to complete is a joint project of the VRA and China’s Shenzen Energy Corporation and funded by China African Development Fund.
A new coal port to receive the total two million tonnes of coal to be imported from Colombia and South Africa every year will also be built.
Yawson told the Ghana News Agency in Accra that the 25-year life span project is important since the energy sector could not rely on the traditional fuel supply alone and needed to diversify its energy sources.
Meanwhile, an environment advocacy group, the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement while marking Earth Day in Accra, called on the government to reconsider its decision to invest in a coal fired power plant.
They asked President Mahama to consider clean energy and renewable energy such as solar rather than the coal fired plants which had health and environment related implications.