Shenzhen Energy to build coal-fired plant in Ghana

powerplant sxcThe project will entail a cost about US$700mn and need two million tonnes of coal per year to run. (Image source: sxc.hu)Ghananian power producer Shenzhen Energy Group (SEG) has announced plans to build a 700MW coal-fired power plant in the country

Shenzhen Energy Group director Hong Can has indicated that the coal-fired power plant will take 24-30 months to complete and also include the construction of a coal-port with approximately 50,000 tonnes berth.

The project will entail a cost about US$700mn and need two million tonnes of coal per year to run when completed. According to Can, coal for the project will be imported from South Africa.

The plan was disclosed when Can paid a visit to Ghana’s energy minister Emmanuel Buah recently.

Using its partnership with Ghanaian joint venture Sunon-Asogli, the company has already built a 200MW diesel-powered plant in Ghana.

Touching on the intended 700MW project, SEG also stated that desulfurisation and electrostatic precipitator devices and technologies will be employed to increase the efficiency of the plant and minimise environmental pollution.

SEG said in a statement that it has decided to embark on this project because coal as a fuel was cheap, abundant and safe while modern technologies would help in reducing pollution.

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