Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited has expanded its operations into Freetown Sierra Leone where it is planning a 20MWp-50MWp Solar PV in one year and another 160MW to be known as Bengongor Hydro Power plant in four years.
The move, according to the country’s biggest Independent Power Producer forms part of its vision to diversify and expand its operations into the West African sub region after making enormous strides in Ghana’s power sector.
The two projects, Development Manager of the company, Elikplim Apetorgbor, explains, will cost around US$700million. He said the 20MWp – 50MWp Solar PV plant deployment by Sunon Asogli Power is urgently needed to augment power supply in Freetown and other parts of the country as well as to complement power supply for the future construction works of the 160MW Bengongor Hydro Power plant in four years.
To this effect, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Energy representing the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone on one hand and the Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Ltd on the other hand, after a meeting with the experts of the Ministry of Energy and other key stakeholders in Freetown.
The 7- member delegation later met with the Ministers and officials of the Ministries of Finance, Lands and Internal Affairs after which they paid a courtesy call on the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, who was elated about the visit and promised his utmost support to ensure the delivery of the projects within the shortest possible time.
Leading the investors from Ghana was Frances Anderson, Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Ghana. She was assisted by Philip Brima Kabba, the First Secretary to the High Commission.
The Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd team which comprised Qun Yang, Chairman of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd; Wang Zhengjun, Deputy General Manager of the West Africa Development Unit; Mr. Apetorgbor and; Li Kanglin, Business Development Manager of West Africa Development Unit (WADU) of Shenzhen Energy Group, was led by Togbe Afede XIV, a development and investment expert who is also a director at Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd.