Minority call for Ameri plant to be transferred to VRA for relocation project – NAPO denounces hypocrisy | General news

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Energy Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has described the minority’s calls in parliament for the Ameri plant to be transferred to the VRA for the government’s relocation scheme as double standards.

Responding to a question on the floor of Parliament on Friday morning, Dr Prempeh asked why in 2016 the NDC saw fit to bring Metka/Mytilineos to operate the plant with VRA until Mytilineos was fully paid.

The case follows on-going negotiations between the VRA and Mytilineos SA, the parent company of MEKTA, for the relocation of the Ameri factory to Kumasi.

The minister who is also an MP for Manhyia south argued that Mytilineos was selected because they have operated and maintained the machines for 6 years and therefore they know and have first hand experience of Ameri plant technology and of its operation.

Dr Prempeh expressed the belief that with this background, it is only fitting that Mytilineos be allowed to run the plant.

So he said the minority appeals were totally misplaced.

Background

Already 10 years ago, GRIDCo carried out extensive studies on the national grid and concluded that a power plant should be located in Kumasi. This was necessary to strengthen the network to help solve the chronic low voltage problem in this part of the country.

When the Ameri BOOT contract expired in January 2021, the Government of Ghana made the political decision to move the Ameri factory to Kumasi based on the recommendations of the GRIDCo study.

The ministry has therefore initiated the relocation project of the 250 MW Ameri Power Plant from Aboadze to Kumasi to strengthen the national grid and also to eliminate the recent power system disruptions encountered in the northern transmission network.

Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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