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First units of Ghana's 400-MW Bui hydropower project generating power

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The first of three hydro turbines at Ghana's 400-MW Bui hydroelectric plant is not generating power, following a commissioning ceremony earlier this week.

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

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.

"While the completion of the Bui project is a very good reason to rejoice, it does not suggest an end to our energy challenges," Mahama said. "We still have a lot of work to do in the short, medium and long term in order to completely address the problems and eliminate the impediments in supply of electricity to our people."

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

HydroWorld.com reported in January2012 that the project's developer, Bui Power Authority (BPA), had taken delivery of the three 133 MW turbine units.

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