The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has performed the commencement of construction of the 400-MegaWatt Bridge Power project, the world’s largest liquefied petroleum gas-fired power plant.
Bridge Power is a 400 MW greenfield power and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project that will be located in Tema near the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). The project will be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas, and diesel.
Stage 1 will use five GE TM2500+ gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine in a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) configuration that will collectively generate 200 MW of power. Stage 2 will add another 200 MW through four GE LM6000 gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine, again in a CCGT configuration. Together, this will amount to over 17 percent of Ghana’s reliable generation capacity.
Bridge Power is being developed by the Early Power Limited (EPL) consortium, made up of Endeavor Energy, a leading independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, a leading independent Ghanaian energy trading firm; and GE (General Electric), the world’s premier digital industrial company.
“I intend to grow this economy industrially, and that can be achieved when we have adequate, cost effective and sustainable power supply,” President Akufo-Addo said. The programmes this government has lined up to undertake, such as the ‘One District, One Factory’, and the ‘One Village One Dam’ projects, will all require significant amounts of electricity.”
“The power produced in this country must be cost effective, efficient and sustainable. I am informed that the technology of this Early Power project is one of the most efficient types in the world, and we are happy you chose it for Ghana,” he added.
Ghana has committed itself to universal electricity access by 2020. According to Ghana’s Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, the country loses between $320-million and $924-million per year in economic growth and productivity due to the current power crises and it is forecast that the country will need an additional 2000MW of power generation over the next five years.