October 21, 2013

The Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, says Ghana’s quest to be energy sufficient is unwavering and finds expression in the enabling environment created for independent power producers to invest in the country.

According to him, the country is poised to achieve its target of generating 5,000MW of power by the close of 2016.

The Minister, who was speaking during a meeting with officials from Hunan Electric Power and Hunan Construction Engineering Group Corporation at the Ministry in Accra, said the country’s energy demand was growing fast and needed massive investment.

The Hunan officials are in the country to facilitate their plan to build a 555MW combined-cycle plant at the Domunli power enclave in the Western Region.

According to Cai Pai, Managing Director of the Group, his company’s interest in the country’s energy sector stemmed from the seriousness Ghana attaches to ensuring that it has enough power generation to meet increasing demand.

He said the project will be in two phases. The first will be a 370MW plant with the second phase being a 185MW plant.