Aboadze Rotan power station

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Aboadze Rotan power station is a proposed 660-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant at the Aboadze Power Enclave in Western Region, Ghana.[1]

Location

The map below shows the exact location of the proposed power station at the Aboadze Power Enclave in Aboadze, Western Region, Ghana.

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Background

A memorandum of understanding between Siemens and Rotan Power was signed for this project in December 2017,[2] with funding expected to be provided by German Export Credit Agency and Euler Hermes.[3] The Aboadze Rotan plant will be between the 330 MW Takoradi Thermal Power Station[4] and the 200 MW Amandi power plant[5] in the Aboadze Power Enclave.

A procurement notice in mid-2018 for the first "single, natural gas-fired ‘F’ class combined cycle unit" announced that funding was expected to be ready by mid-2019. Initial output is planned for 330 MW, but they expect the single unit output "is likely to significantly exceed 330 MW in the future subject to grid acceptance." The procurement notice stated that "Rotan is developing a gas fired combined cycle power generation facility at Aboadze in the western region of Ghana, with a single ‘F’ class gas turbine planned for the first phase, and a similar ‘F’ class unit for the second phase, of the project," which will start operation in 2023 and 2025, respectively.[6]

In a 2018 interview, to explain the need for more power in Africa, Rotan's CEO compared power use in US's New York State to the country of Nigeria:

"New York State has over 50,000 MW of installed capacity. They do have a manufacturing base and about 25 million people. Nigeria has 170 million-185 million people, so seven or eight times that of New York, and on any given day, dependable capacity on the grid is 4,000 MW."[7]

The numbers are slightly off, closer to 40,000 MW of installed capacity[8] and a NY state population closer to 20 million.[9]

In April 2019, Rotan Power announced a new partner to replace Mitsui & Co.[10] Also in April, Ghana Gas finished a new gas pipeline to the Aboadze Power Enclave, which can supply enough gas to fuel about 600 MW.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Rotan Power Limited
  • Parent company: Rotan Energy[12]
  • Location: Aboadze, Western Region, Ghana
  • Coordinates: 4.968973, -1.663185 (exact)
  • Gross capacity (exact): 660 MW
    • Combined-cycle unit: 330 MW (to start 2023)
    • Combined-cycle unit: 330 MW (to start 2025)

Articles and Resources

References

  1. Ghana: Siemens, Rotan Power sign MoU for 660MW CCGT plant, African Energy, Dec 21, 2017
  2. Siemens and Rotan Power sign agreement for power plant project in Ghana, Power Magazine, Dec 14, 2017
  3. New partnership to boost Ghana’s energy supply, ESI Africa, Dec 14, 2017
  4. Takoradi Thermal Power Station, Wikipedia, accessed Dec 15, 2019
  5. A. Dal Mut, Rotan Power Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant, Ghana Vol I - Non-Technical Summary (April 2017) PDF Slide website, accessed Dec 15, 2019
  6. Design, Supply and Installation of a Combined Cycle Power Station in Aboadze, Ghana Invitation for Bids, DG Market, Jul 17, 2018
  7. Exec on Ghana power plant project, The Oil & Gas Year, Nov 2, 2018
  8. State Electricity Profiles New York Electricity Profile 2017, U.S. Energy Information Administration website, accessed Dec 15, 2019
  9. New York State, US Census Bureau QuickFacts, accessed Dec 15, 2019
  10. James Hebert, New equity partner on Ghana gas-fired expected soon, IJ Journal, Apr 9, 2019
  11. Ghana Gas connects pipeline to Aboadze power enclave, ReportingOilandGas.org, Apr 10, 2019
  12. Subsidiaries, Rotan Energy website, accessed Dec 15, 2019