Chinese firm signs EPC deal for Ghana's 60-MW Hemang hydropower plant

Hemang Hydropower Project Agreement

Ghana's Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with the China International Water & Electric Corporation for the development of a 60 MW hydropower project in Ghana.

The US$307 million Hemang project will be located on the Pra River in Ghana's western region, where it is expected to help alleviate the area's erratic power supply.

China International (CWE) -- a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Three Gorges -- said the project will also include the construction of a 34-meter-high dam, a reservoir with a storage capacity of about 46 million cubic meters, and a 64-kilometer long 161 kV transmission line.

"The signing of this contract marks CWE's new firm step in the water and hydropower field in Ghana, which is of great significance to the country's in-depth development of the Ghanian market and will help the company further enhance its international brand image," the company said in a release.

Construction of the Hemang plant is expected to take 42 months. reported in September that CWE was one of seven groups pre-qualified to construct the 20-MW Vranduk hydropower plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The company's other recent efforts in Africa include work on Cameroon's 30-MW Lom Pangar and Uganda's 188-MW Isimba Falls projects.

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