The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Karpower Ghana Limited are negotiating to increase Karpower’s generation capacity to 675 megawatts (MW) before the end of this year as part of efforts to resolve the power crisis permanently, the Finder newspaper has reported.
The ECG is said to be interested in a 450MW power barge from Karpower because its power is currently the cheapest in the country and there is also reliable fuel to power the plant.
The 450mw power barge is to be under construction in Turkey and expected to arrive in Ghana in November.
When it arrives, Ghana would be given the option to keep the 225mw power barge currently stationed at Tema, raising the generation from Karpower to 675mw.
However, if Ghana fails to keep the 225mw power barge, it will be sold to another country, the report said.
The power crisis, popularly known as dumsor, has intensified in recent weeks, with the government blaming the problem on the failure of Nigeria to supply Ghana with light crude needed for powering thermal plants.