Armah- Kofi Buah, Ghana's Energy and Petroleum Minister
The China International Water and Electric Corporation with support from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is to construct a 60 megawatts of hydroelectric power plant at Sekyere Himang in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.
The project which is expected to be completed within three years is valued at US$3 million.
This was disclosed during a public hearing at the Wassa East District Capital Daboase. Representatives from the Energy Ministry, Ghana Water Company, Environmental Protection Agency and traditional authorities from the various communities met with residents who will be beneficiaries of the project.
This took place on Thursday November 20, 2014 to discuss the effects and benefits of the project.
About 1,500 hectors of land have been acquired by the China International Water and Electric Corporation for the construction of which 1,650 residents will be displaced.
The seven communities which will be affected are Tsitsimhwe, Bosomase, Okyerekrom, Adukwah, Nyamebekyere and Yeriyebiahwe all in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.
The Director of Power at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Ing. Stephen K. Doku in an interview said the project belong to the government and aimed at reducing the erratic power supply in the country.
According to him the ministry is in talks with the central government to secure fund to commence the project. He added that the affected residents will be compensated soon.
Credit: Vicky Mends, Tokoradi