The production of thermal power can fulfill the shortage of electricity from hydro power plants due to less rainfall and lack of natural gas, so country’s power producers must increase it.
In Akosombo Dam the level of water is dropping at a rate of .05 feet in recent months. Though the rate has reduced to 0.02 feet due to the starting of rainy season in the northern Areas of the country, but the Dam operators are waiting more rainfall to feed tributaries of the River Volta.
Due to the closure of Atuabo Gas Processing Plant for some problems on FPSO Kwame Nkrumah operated by Tullow , the power station at Akosombo has running four turbines currently to compensate the power deficit. This has dropped the water level to 237ft in Akosombo reservoir that is only 2 feet above the minimum level.
Manager of the Electrical Department of the VRA, Ebo Amoah told that the normal level of water to operate all six turbines of the power station is 278ft while the minimum level to operate the Dam is 235ft.
A Delivery of cargo of crude oil has been made by the largest power producer to initialize The Kpong Thermal Plant (KTPP) and Tema Station 3 expansion project by coming November.
The collective power generated by two projects will be 258Megawatts.
The crude oil imported by VRA was estimated to be more than 5.17million barrels while 450,000 barrels composed in one cargo.
It is estimated by authority that 5,000 barrels of crude per day is required to operate one turbine. That means US$50million after every three weeks are required for the acquisition of oil to operate thermal plants in the country.
It has been very challenging for the authority to finance the purchase of crude oil as its tariff covers on 60% of its operational cost.
According to some sources, government has been providing funds to purchase crude oil for power thermal plants as the power regulating exaggerates following the Atuabo Gas Plant shutdown.
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