Ghana's Head of State, General Ignatius Acheampong, on Thursday (1 December) officially launched construction of the country's second hydroelectric dam at Akuse, 8.
Ghana's Head of State, General Ignatius Acheampong, on Thursday (1 December) officially launched construction of the country's second hydroelectric dam at Akuse, 8. kilometres (50 miles) north-east of A???, the capital.
SYNOPSIS: General Acheampong's limousine arrives for the ground-breaking ceremony, which was attended by government officials and dignitaries. The new project will cost about $260 million, which is $50 million more than both construction phases of the first dam, 24 kilometres (15 miles) upstream at Ako???.
General Acheampong has assured villagers living near this site the government will not repeat errors made in resettling people displaced by the Volta River Project in the Akog??? region. Six new townships have been planned to resettle people living in 65 existing villages.
The new scheme had two purposes: to provide Ghana with the electricity needed to diversify her production, and to lessen the impact of oil price rises. Construction, which was originally due to begin last July, will be in five major parts and continue until 1980. First the dam and reservoir will be built; then a hydro-electric power station; then a high-tension line will link the power station with an existing sub-station at Tema.
General Acheampong left the dais to unveil a commemorative plaque for the ground-breaking ceremony. Two major bodies are responsible for electricity distribution: The Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG). The VRA is in charge of construction and management of this dam. It also supplies power to Ghana's mining industry, which extracts gold, diamonds, manganese and bauxite.
After the unveiling, the Head of State depressed a plunger, setting off an explosion to deepen the riverbed and set construction work under way.