THE on-going Bui Hydroelectric Project will be ready to provide additional power to the national grid in the first quarter of next year.
This was made known to newsmen by Mr. Jabesh Amissah-Arthur, Chief Executive of the Bui Power Authority who said with the civil works on the dam about 66 per cent complete, the whole dam is expected to be completed by June this year for the river to be allowed to fill the reservoir.
Mr Amissah-Arthur was briefing the journalists as well as Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Information and Alhaji Inusah, Fuseini, Deputy Minister of Energy who were on tour of the project.
Mr Amissah-Arthur said the project started with the diversion of the river to the dam site for excavation of the bed to remove all materials until solid rock on which the dam would be erected was reacted.
He said the maximum dam height is expected to be 185 metres above sea level which is later to be fitted with three generators to produce 400 megawatts to be linked to the national grid.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur said by next year, part of the power generation will be operating, ahead of the completion of the whole project by 2013.
He, however said the project which was initially estimated at 622 million dollars was experiencing a short fall of 168 million dollars arising primarily from the unanticipated effects of the recent global upheavals as well as unforeseen essential works. This, he said night delay work on the project unless the additional funding could be accessed as soon as possible.
The Bui Hydro Electric Project was funded with a concessional loan of 263.5 million dollars, and a buyer’s credit of 295.5 dollars from the government of the People’s Republic of China and EXIM Bank respectively with Government of Ghana contribution of 60 million dollars.
Giving insight to some of the unforeseen essential works not included in the original plan, Mr. Amissah-Arthur said the diversion of Banda – Bungase road part of which the reservoir will cover was not foreseen or budgeted for.
He said other things not foreseen and therefore not included in the budget are 33KV Powerline, reservoir clearing, turbinate, water supply plants and the development of Fisheries in the Bui Reservoir.
There are also Employer’s Engineering Administration which has been revised from a lump sum of 15 million dollars made in the contract to 25.1 million dollars Employer’s Permanent Facilities for which an additional 5 million dollars is needed Workshop and Equipment for maintenance of facilities which an additional 5 million dollars is needed, Workshop and Equipment for maintenance of facilities which has attracted an additional budget of 4.5 million dollars and an additional 1 million dollars for resettlement facilities.
Touching on resettlement for those who will be affected by the project, he said, work has been completed on all 170 housing units in the Resettlement Part B Township where three communities, Bui, Bator Akanyakrom and Dokokyina are to be resettled.
Resettlement Part A2 which is about 40 per cent complete is to provide housing units from communities such as Brewohodi, Lucene, Agbegikuro and dam site. There is also an on-going livelihood enhancement programme to restore lost economic activities and improve living standard in the area affected by the project.
Alhaji Fuseini, gave the assurance that government was making efforts to secure the additional funding for the project.
Mr Ablakwa said on completion the project would change the economic and social dynamics of the country with the expansion of industries to create opportunities in all sectors of the economy.