Chiefs Call For Rituals Over Aboadze Plant
Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah
The Chief of Aboadze in the Central Region, Nana Kwabena Attom, has observed that the T3 power plant in the area would never work until government makes the necessary sacrifices to appease the gods there.
The T3 power plant is a 132 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine valued at 250 million dollars which was financed with a loan from the Canadian government.
It has currently been shut down for repairs.
But speaking to Radio Maxx in Takoradi, Nana Kwabena Attom pointed out that the plant has suffered several setbacks in its operations because government failed to consult the people, which he said, was a sign of disrespect for their culture.
In an angry tone, the chief stated: ‘We were not consulted before they started construction. They just brought an excavator and started digging and digging, filled it and built the plant on it. Approximately three months after the commissioning by the President, the plant suffered a breakdown.’
He said the officials at the Volta River Authority were invited for a meeting and the reason for the plant’s breakdown was explained to them.
‘We requested for a small building to be constructed, pump water into it and then move the god into it. It is done everywhere but we were snubbed and told the proposal would be forwarded to Accra for approval. The total estimate was only GH¢1,200 but VRA did not pay and I promise you that the plant you see there will never work,’ he stressed.
Meanwhile, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah is warning officials of TICO, that they would be held accountable for unacceptable engineering mistakes on the T2 power plant.
His warning comes after experts working on the T2 power plant at the Aboadze Thermal Plant revealed the units are down because engineers misassembled parts during a recent routine maintenance exercise.
The team of senior engineers from UK-based Wood Group working on the plant currently says the planned repair works for the T2 would be completed by July 1.
The 210 MW power plant is currently producing only 100 MW and the current load shedding exercise is largely as a result of the ongoing repair works on the TICO and VRA plants at the Aboadze enclave.
Mr. Armah Kofi Buah who visited the plant’s site told Nana Osafo Kantanka Adjei, the General Manager of TAQA operators of T2 that someone would have to be held accountable.
He revealed how the misassembling had affected power supply in the country, which he said is unacceptable and therefore, ‘somebody should be held to accountThat is the level we are so we are going to do that.’
Nana Osafo Kantanka Adjei promised the Minister that going forward, the contractual agreement between the government of Ghana and the Wood Group would be reconsidered after the challenges at T2 have been addressed.
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