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Bui Dam won’t end our energy problems – Mahama

President Mahama has commissioned the first phase of the Bui Power Project in the Brong Ahafo region. The first turbine of the dam is expected to add 133 megawatts of power to Ghana’s energy capacity.

Speaking at the inauguration, President Mahama noted that the coming of the stream of the 133 megawatts of power does not suggest an end to the country’s energy crisis.

 

He however noted that his government is working fervently to ensure a lasting solution to the country’s power crisis. “While the completion of the Bui project is a very good reason to rejoice, it does not suggest an end to our energy challenges. “We still have a lot of work to do in the short, medium and long term in order to completely arrest the problems and eliminate the problems in the supply of electricity to our people” President Mahama said. Also speaking at the event Minister for Energy and Petroleum Emmanuel Kofi Boah said his outfit will do its best to ensure the successful completion of the project.

President’s Facebook Posting:
Today, I am happy to switch on the First Power of Bui Hydroelectric Dam, which brings on stream an additional 133 megawatts to the total national grid, while we continue to work towards bringing on stream the entire 400 megawatts by the close of this year. And let me explain that this is not the official commissioning of this hydro power plant. This event represents the switch on of the 1st turbin…e of the plant. The official commissioning will take place sometime before the end of the year. I do not intend to speak much today as this is not yet the official commissioning, but it offers me a unique opportunity to pay tribute to all my predecessors, especially to the vision of our first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who took the initial steps toward the development of this project; and to President John Agyekum Kufour for prioritizing and accelerating work on this project.

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