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President John Mahama Inaugurates First Power From Bui-Generation Station.
The 400 MW Bui Hydro Electric Project is about 92% complete and in the final stages of construction. Dry and wet tests, which were to verify proper, complete and satisfactory erection of all the subsystems for the first generating unit (Unit #3) were carried out and successfully completed in April 2013.
Speaking at the inauguration of first power from the Bui Generation Station on May 3, 2013, His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama said, “he is happy to switch on the First Power of Bui Hydroelectric Dam, which brings on stream an additional 133 megawatts to the total national grid, while we continue to work towards bringing on stream the entire 400 megawatts by the close of this year”.
He also added that “this is not the official commissioning of this hydro power plant. This event represents the switch on of the first turbine of the plant. The official commissioning will take place sometime before the end of the year”.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Bui Power Authority, Mr. Jabesh Amissah-Arthur in his address, paid glowing tribute to the resettled communities for the project to commence. He said the story of the Bui Hydroelectric Project so far, will not be complete without reference to the 1,216 people who had to be moved from their traditional homes and villages and resettled in other areas namely, Resettlement Parts A, B & C because of the formation of the reservoir as well as the need to make way for construction at this site. He made the point that, these resettled communities can share in the joys of the country and in our sense of collective achievement and in our gratitude for the sacrifices which has brought this project this far. He also congratulated the Staff and Management of the Contractor Sinohydro and the Bui Power Authority for their dedication and commitment to work on the project over these years and encouraged them to continue to work even harder towards the completion of the project.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Gong Jianzhong' delivering his speech confirmed that, according to the contractor, the whole project will be completed on schedule. He said “till then, the Bui Dam cutting across the Black Volta will mark the second largest Hydro-electric project in Ghana. Showing the great wisdom of the Ghanaian people to harness the nature to serve the interests of their beloved homeland, this project not only alleviates the power shortage but also demonstrates a crystal of the cooperation featuring hardworking and fraternal friendship between China and Ghana”.
Hon.Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, Minister for Energy and Petroleum acknowledged the fact that, the 133 megawatts from the first generating unit of the Bui Hydroelectric Project will not end completely the load-shedding exercise that the country is faced with but reduce it to the lowest minimum. He also pledged government’s commitment and efforts to resolve the power challenges facing the country by putting up the energy infrastructure to achieve 5000 megawatts installed capacity target by the 2016 set by the government..
Also present at the inauguration of first power were, the Executive Secretary to the President, Dr, Raymond Atuguba, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Paul Evans Aidoo, Representatives of China–Exim Bank & Sinohydro from China, Chief Executive Officers of ECG, VRA, Gridco together with some of their board members, BPA Board Members, officials from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Chiefs and people of adjourning communities.
The full complement of the Plant (400MW) will be available by the fourth quarter of 2013 whilst other associated and non-power works on the Project would continue till the second quarter of 2014 when all works on the Project will be completed.