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General News Sat, 21 Apr 2001

VRA fails in attempt to lift new turbine from harbour

The Volta River Authority (VRA) could not pick a new turbine imported from Austria for the Akosombo Generating Station Retrofit Project from the Tema Port on Wednesday because of its weight.


The 13 blade runner valued at 14.35 million Austrian shillings or 6.8 billion cedis had to be left at the port since the two cranes brought to lift the 90-tonne turbine onto a flat low loader truck could not lift it.


The exercise had to be abandoned after three hours.

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SKARM, a company hired to lift the turbine, brought a crane while the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) also supported it with another but the GPHA crane could not perform.


An official of the GPHA said the authority's only 100 tonne crane has broken down for some time now and is under repairs.

Source: gna
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