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GHANA TO EXPORT POWER TO BURKINA: WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL GAINS MOMENTUM

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The Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu, has disclosed that implementation of regional projects, including a 225-kilovolt Bolgatanga-to-Ouagadougou interconnection, will allow for exports of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso which will help serve to create the West African Power Pool.

The Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu, has disclosed that implementation of regional projects, including a 225-kilovolt Bolgatanga-to-Ouagadougou interconnection, will allow for exports of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso which will help serve to create the West African Power Pool.

 

Mr Amewu also expressed the hope that with the completion of the 330kV Aboadze-Prestea-Kumasi-Bolgatanga transmission backbone project, the target of being able to export 100 megawatts of power to Ghana’s northern neighbour will be achieved.

The Energy Minister made this disclosure last Friday as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inaugurated the 225kV Bolgatanga-to-Ouagadougou project, under which Ghana will supply up to 100 megawatts of power directly to Burkina Faso.

Industrial agenda

According to Mr Amewu, considering the huge financial outlay for electricity infrastructure, and particularly infrastructure for power generation, it is only appropriate that such facilities be shared within the subregion.

Implementation of the scheme, one of the priority projects of the West African Power Pool, has also achieved the objectives of strengthening regional integration under the ECOWAS Protocols and creating a regional electricity market.

“Ghana currently has adequate capacity for cross-border transmission to neighbouring countries,” the Minister said.

“Let us therefore continue to engage one another to make the necessary investments in order to put up the infrastructure that would enable us to utilise the resources within the region to push the industrial agenda of our countries.”

Collaboration is key

Mr Amewu also encouraged power utility companies within the subregion to intensify their collaboration in developing projects under the West African Power Pool.

He further urged ECOWAS countries to create an atmosphere that will help them attract the order of investment they need to pursue shared projects.

President Akufo-Addo, who was in Ouagadougou in the company of his Burkinabè counterpart, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, said that the successful completion of the project was a sign of the strong bonds of friendship and co-operation between Ghana and Burkina Faso.