In the Ellembelle District, to develop a power plant at Esiama, Aggreko PLC, Scottish power producing firm has secured a provisional licence from the Energy Commission.
At Esiama from the traditional authorities, the company has already obtained a 27 acre land and to supply the gas for production of electrical power in the next 12 months, had signed a Gas Supply Agreement with the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC).
Head of Business Development of Aggreko in charge of Africa, Mr. Jason De Carteret, informed a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday at Esiama that the company would initially generate between forty to fifty megawatts of energy and enlarge generation to over 100MG in the coming years.
He revealed that to enable the country derive maximum benefits by increasing the overall power capacity of the country in a cost-efficient manner the firm would utilize the surplus natural gas resources from the Jubilee Oil Field through the Atuabo gas processing plant.
He said the company that over the past 2-years, had been working behind the scenes to generate the power plant after achieving the initial needs, including incorporation of a local subordinate in Ghana.
Mr. Carteret assured the landowners, community members, and farmers whose properties had been impacted by the project, of considerable compensation.
He told the people that 80% of the indigenous people would be employed by the company, and ensures environmental friendliness to safeguard life and property, and pledged to maintain high safety standards.
The Country Manager for the project, Mr. Carteret, said Aggreko operates more than 9 gig watt of energy plants in thirty-two countries around the world, and provides fast track independent power generating projects.
It’s presently operating in Angola, South Africa, La Cote D’Ivoire, Brazil, France, Nigeria, Mozambique, USA and many other Asian and American countries, producing more than 20,000 small, medium and large generators for local businesses, utility firms and mining companies.
Member of Parliament for the area and Minister of Petroleum, the Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah said Government had partnered with the company since its arrival in Ghana, which was geared toward enhancing the power position of the country, to overcome the power shortage and the present power failure.
He explained delight that the vast infrastructure in the areas was engaging investors to place and this would create jobs to enhance the people’s lives.
Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas, Dr. George Sipa Adjah Yankey encouraged the indigence to co-exist peacefully with the management and staff of the company, in order to enhance the development of the area.
The Second, Chief of Akropong, Nana Adu Kwaw, who represented the Paramount Chief of the Eastern Nzema Traditional Area, and to the government for advancing the development of the area, Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli, expressed his profound gratitude.
He requested to the power firm to honor its promise of applying the local content policy to increase the local economy.
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