First Power Ship to arrive in August

| Updated Feb 05, 2017 at 6:00pm



The Power ships which the government has promised to bring in to help ease the power crisis will arrive in Ghana in August and will become operational in September 2015. This was revealed by The Sales Director of Karpowership, the company building the power ships, Patrick O’drisscoll to GBC’s Abdul Hayi Moomen who was in Turkey to assess the progress of work on the power ships.

Ghanaians had been expecting the first Power ship to arrive in the country by the end of April 2015. However, the company explained that the long process of getting an IPP permit in Ghana coupled with some delays in reaching a financial closure resulted in the delay.

The two power ships requested by Ghana, are expected to supply the country with 450 megawatts of power. Patrick O’drisscoll intimated that “the ships are in the final stages to be deployed to Ghana.” “The first contractual 225MW power ship is scheduled to be delivered in Ghana in August this year and the second one will be delivered at least 60 days earlier than contracted,” he added.The Sales Director of Karpowership indicated that the second power ship will be delivered in Ghana before the end of the first quarter of 2016.

Meanwhile, Karpower Ship is offering the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), an interim 120 megawatts power ship also to be delivered to Ghana in August subject to ECG’s acceptance of the offer. According to Mr O’drisscoll, Karpowershi is still in discussions to finalize the agreement with ECG. “The interim one is something that is being discussed by ourselves and ECG,” Mr O’drisscol added. He explained that the 120 megawatts power ship to be deployed indicated the company’s commitment to help Ghana to get out of dumsor.

The CEO of Karadeniz Holding, parent company of Karpowership, Orhan Remzi Karadeniz, said the contract period to deliver the two barges are 215 days after the financial closure of the deal for the first power ship – to be stationed at Tema Port – while the second barge, with the same 225 megawatts, will berth at Takoradi. He however assured that the company is working ahead of time and will deliver the power ships much earlier than contractually agreed.

Karpowership is in its seventh year of building power ships and has supplied the facility to countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, and Pakistan among others. Mr Karadeniz said the company sees Ghana as a gateway to the African market.