First phase of Ghana’s 400 MW hydropower project generating power

The first of three hydro turbines at Ghana‘s 400 MW Bui hydroelectric plant is now generating power.

The $800 million project is being constructed by China’s Sinohydro Corp. on the Black Volta River and should be operating at its full capacity by the end of 2013.

Once finished, the project will help alleviate some of Ghana’s energy deficiencies, though President John Dramani Mahama said Bui is just one part of a plan that hopes to increase the country’s energy capacity to 6,000 MW by 2015.

The plant is being financed by the governments of Ghana and China, with the Chinese entities providing the bulk of the funding.

This story originally appeared on HydroWorld.com. It is republished by permission.

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