General News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Source: GNA

Bui Project will generate electricity from April

Mr Jabesh Amissah-Arthur, Chief Executive Officer of the Bui Power Authority (BPA) has affirmed that power supply from the Bui hydro-electric project will begin in April this year.

He said the project was about 89 per cent complete and was in the final stages of construction.

Mr Amissah-Arthur made this known on Tuesday when President John Dramani Mahama visited the facility to assess the rate of progress of the project.

The CEO said the overall progress of the transmission lines stood at 62 per cent complete, explaining that four transmission lines were being constructed to aid in the evacuation of power from the Bui generating plant to the national grid.

“These four lines will send power produced from the plant to the four GRIDCo substations in Sawla, Techiman, Kintampo and Sunyani for distribution to consumers," Mr Ammissah-Arthur added.

President Mahama was accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Kwaku Bani and other ministers of state including, Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy, Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing and Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Information and Media Relations.

The President expressed satisfaction with on-going works on the project and was optimistic that the first power supply from the dam would come off as scheduled

He thanked the chiefs and people of the area for voting massively to retain the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in power and assured them that the government would also ensure that the people got their fair share of the national cake.

He said as a national asset, the Bui Dam project on completion would also bring development to the area and assured both the skilled and the unskilled laid-off employees of jobs.