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AMERI relocation: Minority's calls are entirely misplaced - Opoku Prempeh

 Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh1212 Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Fri, 1 Jul 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

AMERI plant to be relocated to Kumasi

Energy Minister appears before Parliament

Minority blows alarm over cost of AMERI plant relocation


Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has described calls by the Minority in Parliament for the transfer of the Ameri plant to VRA for the government’s relocation project as double standards.

Answering a question on the floor of Parliament on Friday, July 1, Dr. Prempeh quizzed why the National Democratic Congress saw it fit in 2016 to get Metka/Mytilineos to run the plant with VRA until Mytilineos was fully paid.

The development comes on the back of current negotiations between the VRA and Mytilineos S A, the parent company of MEKTA for the relocation of the Ameri Plant to Kumasi.

The Minister who is also MP for Manhyia South argued that Mytilineos was selected because "they operated and maintained the machines for 6 years and therefore are conversant and have firsthand experience with the technology of the Ameri plant and its operation."

Dr. Opoku Prempeh further expressed that with this background, it is only appropriate that Mytilineos is allowed to run operations of the plant.

He, therefore, said the minority's calls are entirely misplaced.

Background

Up to 10 years ago, GRIDCo conducted extensive studies on the national grid and concluded that a power plant needed to be located at Kumasi. This was necessary to strengthen the grid to help solve the chronic low voltage problem in that part of the country.

On the Ameri BOOT Contract expiration in January 2021, the government of Ghana took the policy decision to relocate the Ameri plant to Kumasi based on the recommendations of the GRIDCo study.

The Ministry, therefore, initiated the project to relocate the 250MW Ameri Power Plant from Aboadze to Kumasi to strengthen the national grid and also eliminate recent power system disturbances experienced in the northern transmission network.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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