Ghana Set To Build A Hydroelectric Power Plant in The Western Region To Solve Ghana's Electricity Problems

Ghana Set To Build A Hydroelectric Power Plant in The Western Region To Solve Ghana's Electricity Problems

  • The government of Ghana is making plans to build a hydroelectric power plant at Pra river/basin in the Western Region of Ghana
  • The hydroelectric project will be constructed and owned by the Ghana Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
  • The mega power plant project is still in the permitting process and has not yet been constructed

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The basin of River Pra in the Western Ghana of Ghana will be the site of the 60MW Hemang Hydroelectric Power Plant that will soon be built by the government of Ghana. The hydropower project will be developed and owned by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Ghana. The project is now in the permitting process, so construction has yet to start.

Akufo-Addo breaks grounds and a dam
Ghana government set to build a power plant in the Western Region. Photo credit: Water Technology and
Source: UGC

The Hemang Hydroelectric Power Plant is estimated to cost $111 million and will run on two turbines. It is expected that construction for the hydropower project will start this year and begin entire operations by 2025.

Features of the Hemang Hydroelectric Power Plant

The hydroelectric power plant project will feature building a 34-meter-high dam, a 46 million-m3 reservoir, a substation, a powerhouse, and supporting infrastructure, as well as installing transformers, generators, and 64 km of 161 kV transmission lines.

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The government embarked on a similar hydroelectric power plant project in the Western Region.

In 2014, the government of Ghana embarked on a similar project to build a 60 MW hydroelectric power plant at Sekyere Himang in the Wassa East District of the Western Region to address the high demand for electricity in the nation.

The $3 million government-owned project was expected to be carried out by the China International Water and Electric Corporation with assistance from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.

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