The 400MW Bridge Power project being built in Tema is to start delivering 142MW of power by end of January this year under phase-one of the project, the project’s three investor institutions – known together as Early Power Limited – told the B&FT during a telephone interview.
The first stage was initially planned to come onboard in December 2019, but was pushed to the new year due to delays in delivery of back-feed power from GRIDCo and completion of the LPG delivery facility.
Despite these setbacks, the consortium – made up of Endeavor Energy, General Electric and local trading concern, Sage – is confident of completing the first stage of phase-one by end of this month and the second stage by December 3, 2020, which will take the project’s capacity to 202MW.
“We have largely surmounted these challenges and have started inaugurating the LPG facilities because, as you know, LPG is our primary fuel,” said Kofi Amoako Asiedu, Commercial and Contracts Manager at Early Power.
He added: “We have also started inaugurating back-up fuel or diesel fuel facilities. We expect this to be completed by end of January, and we’ll continue with the inauguration of engines on LPG facility after that”.
Mr. Asiedu is hopeful that all these processes will be completed on time to enable the consortium start delivering its first power from the 400MW project.
The project, according to its developers, will enhance the country’s energy security as the plant is capable of being fuelled by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), natural gas or diesel, and will be responsible for importing its own fuel.
Construction work on stage 1B of phase-one is currently in progress, with work on the steam turbine foundation already complete. “The steam turbine is on order and we are expecting it to be delivered soon. This is on schedule to be completed by December 3 this year,” he noted.
Bridge Power has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Electricity Company of Ghana for a term of 20 years, with an option to extend for five more years. “We are positive about the project,” Mr. Asiedu added. “We believe that it presents an opportunity to diversify the fuel mix for energy generation in the country. We are normally doing natural gas and hydro, so the risk of fuel challenges is high.”
Phase-one of the project will use five GE TM2500 gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine in a combined cycle gas (CCGT) configuration that will collectively generate 202MW of power.
Phase-two will add 200MW through four GE LM6000 gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine, in a CCGT configuration. This part of the project is still in the development stage. Construction work on the project started in 2017, with over 60 direct jobs created so far.