GHANA – TC’s Energy USA has partnered with Power China Huadong Engineering Corporation Ltd and Seabased of Sweden in the revival of the Ada Foah wave energy park that had stalled for years due to unavailability of funds.
The wave energy project will involve the installation of generator units (WECs) and marine substations offshore and the installation of an onshore substation to connect to the national grid.
It will also involve the laying of cables to link the offshore generating units and the onshore sub-station located about 100m from the shore.
The initial plan is to begin with five megawatts and scale up to the project target of 100 megawatts within 24 months.
The pilot project which costed its sponsors close to US$10 million successfully generated abundant power which was seamlessly fed into the national distribution system.
The huge success of the initial pilot led to interests from investors who have now pledged up to US$2 billion towards the entire project.
The project is now due to start once Ghana’s borders were open and the foreign technical team is free to travel to the West African country.
Officials say the project will offer energy at a lower cost of between 3 and 4 cents compared with 10 or more cents available from hydro and thermal.
Besides, there is an enormous environmental benefit since the project is renewable with little to no carbon print in its operation.