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Ghana to get Africa’s first and world’s largest LPG fired power plant

General Electric Company says it will supply the power generation equipment for the Bridge Power plant project in Ghana, according to a  press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com.

The equipment, which will be used in the first phase of the project, will collectively generate 200MW of power and an additional 200MW of power will be deployed in stage two of the project, the release said.

It adds that, the equipment scope in GE’s TM2500 gas turbine generator sets and GE’s steam turbines is in a combined cycle (CC), configuration. This will be the first time the TM2500 gas turbines will be used in a combined cycle configuration globally and marks a milestone for the technology, which is also led by PRODEL.

“The Bridge Power plant successfully brings together the need for a cost-effective fuel solution, in this case liquefied petroleum gas, with an integrated power solution driven by GE’s latest flexible technology,” Leslie Nelson, CEO, GE’s Gas Power Systems for sub-Saharan Africa was cited as saying in the release.

Additionally, the 400MW Bridge Power and LPG import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project will address Ghana’s long-term energy requirements by providing enough electricity for the equivalent of up to 17 per cent of the country’s capacity.

It notes that upon completion, it will be Africa’s first LPG fired power plant and the world’s largest plant of its kind. The fuel-flexible plant will also be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas or diesel.

Bridge Power, the release pointed out is being developed by the Early Power Limited (EPL) consortium under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The EPL consortium comprises of Endeavor Energy, an independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, an independent trading firm in Ghana; and GE.

In March this year, GE opened a 5,600 square meter oil & gas facility in Takoradi that will serve as a primary service center for deep-water offshore projects, it concluded

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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