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The Tema CENIT Thermal Power Plant To Add To Energy Grid

2nd October, 2012
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The Tema Cenit Thermal Power Plant (TCTPP) owned by CENIT Energy a subsidiary of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is set to add 126 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid in the second week of October. 

This was after the TCTPP had test run the facility and carried out functional checks to ensure that the facility was ready to begin commercial operations. 

The 126 megawatts is expected to mitigate the power crisis by reducing the extremity of the load – shedding exercise which began as a result of a shortfall of 300 megawatts from the national grid after the West African Gas Pipeline was shut down in August 28, 2012. 

The Ghanaian Times has learnt, however, that though all is set for the generation of power there is the cneed to seek permission from the VRA for a commercial take-off arrangement. 

According to a source, management of CENIT energy had hoped that VRA would buy the power in bulk and put it on the market. 

Touring the facility to ascertain the preparedness of TCPTT to bring on board the 126 megawatts, Dr. Joseph Oteng-Adjei, Minister of Energy, assured the management of CENIT Energy that the Electricity Company of Ghana has agreed to buy from them to sell to consumers. 

He said as the situation stood now, there was no room to delay the off-take of the CENIT input of 126 megawatts to improve the situation by the end of October as promised. 

Dr. Oteng-Adjei commended the team of engineers for getting the facility ready ahead of the November schedule. 

He said the team had displayed a sense of nationalism and demonstrated patriotism by working day and night to ensure that power was delivered on time to mitigate the current power crisis. 

Dr. Oteng-Adjei also paid glowing tribute to both the Chief Executive and the Board Chairman of SSNIT for their unflinching faith and belief in the power sector to invest substantial part of workers contribution in the sector. 

He noted that since local companies were largely involved in the project CENIT Energy gave immense drive to the local content policy the ministry has been advocating in the power and petroleum sectors. 

Dr. Oteng-Adjei advised the local companies to use the opportunity and the platform offered them to pool their resources and bid for government contracts which went through international bidding processes. 

Responding to issues about the take-off agreement, Mr. Kirk Coffie, Deputy Chief Executive Officer VRA in charge of Engineering said since CENIT Energy had come on board as a power producer it put was in direct competition with VRA. 

He said VRA, therefore, could not buy the same product it was producing to sell it to another buyer. 

Mr. Coffie said the VRA thought it wise that CENIT Energy rather found its feet in the power business by selling on the market, particularly to ECG, to recoup its investments. 

He said in the interim, VRA was prepared in many ways to collaborate with CENIT Energy for the good of the industry. 

Mrs. Eunice Biritwum, Chief Executive of CENIT Energy said SSNIT’s collaboration with key stakeholders in the industry remained a trump card for its entry into the power sector. 

She said CENIT Energy was collaborating with VRA to convert both the TCTPP and the VRA’s Thermal Plant located on the same site into a combine-cycle steam power to generate another 126 MW. 

Mrs. Biritwum said this could be achieved by trapping the steam from both thermal plants and use it to generate electricity for both companies. 
She said land for the project had already been acquired for work to commence soon.