Power Barges Begin Two-Week Journey On Tuesday

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Power barge

One of the two power barges whose arrival is expected to improve our worsening energy crisis, would begin its journey to Ghana tomorrow Tuesday, October 27, 2015,

The 225 megawatts capacity vessel was initially scheduled to leave the shores of Turkey yesterday but had to be rescheduled in order to allow for its official commissioning, for which government officials and journalist are already in Turkey.

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The barge is expected to arrive in the country within two weeks after take off, instead of the normal three weeks — and this has been specially arranged considering the urgency of the situation, local newspaper, The Finder reports.

A second barge under construction is expected to be delivered by the end of the first quarter of 2016 and according to government, it has instructed the manufacturers, Karpowership, to increase its capacity from the initial 225 megawatts to 400 megawatts.

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Ghana’s power supply situation keeps deteriorating as the main power generation unit, the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam is operating below capacity due to poor rainfall patterns which has resulted in low water levels in the dam. The water level has compelled the Volta River Authority (VRA) to shut down some of the Dam’s power generation turbines.