GE Venture to Build World’s Largest LPG Power Plant in Ghana

  • Early Power consortium to develop 400 MW Bridge Power project
  • Ghana seeks to double 2,800 MW installed power capacity

General Electric Co., Endeavor Energy Resources LP and Sage Petroleum Ltd. won approval from Ghanaian lawmakers for the construction of the world’s largest liquefied petroleum gas fired power plant and a 20-year purchase agreement with the nation’s electricity distribution utility.

The Early Power consortium will develop the 400 megawatt Bridge Power venture in two phases to start producing 144 megawatt for the Electricity Corporation of Ghana by the middle of next year, Endeavor said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday. The plant will be built in the port city of Tema, about 26 kilometers (16 miles) east of the capital, Accra, Endeavor said.

“When completed, it will be the largest LPG gas fired power plant in the world,” Endeavor said. The plant will be “capable of being fueled by natural gas and diesel” as well.

Ghana is seeking to double its installed capacity of about 2,800 megawatts by 2020 as power shortages weigh on economic growth. Electricity demand in the West African nation is growing at about 12 percent per year, President John Dramani Mahama, who is standing for re-election in December, said last year.

The cost of the project’s development and construction will be paid in full through the equity invested and debt raised by the venture, Endeavor said, without elaborating further.

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