Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited which is Ghana’s biggest Independent Power Producer is making inroads into the West African sub region after making enormous strides in Ghana’s power sector.
The giant power producer is planning to deploy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a 20MWp-50MWp [megawatt power] Solar PV in one year and another 160MW to be known as Benkongor Hydro plant in four years.
In an interview with the Business Development Manager of the Company, Elikplim Apetorgbor, he said the expected total investment cost for the two projects is about US$700million.
According to him, the 20MWp – 50MWp Solar PV plant deployment by the Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd is urgently needed to augment the power generation shortages in the capital – Freetown and other parts of the country as well as to complement power supply for the future construction works of the 160MW Bengongor Hydro Power plant in four years.
Touching on the deal, he explained that it was reached in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Energy representing the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone on one hand and the Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd on the other hand. This occured after a meeting with the experts of the Ministry of Energy and other key stakeholders on 29th March, 2021.
The 7- member delegation later met with the Ministers and officials of the Ministries of Finance, Lands and Internal Affairs after which they paid a courtesy call on the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, who was elated about the visit and promised his utmost support to ensure the delivery of the projects within the shortest possible time.
Leading the investors from Ghana was Frances Anderson, Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Ghana. She was assisted by Philip Brima Kabba, the First Secretary to the High Commission.
The Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd team comprised of Qun Yang, Chairman of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd ; Wang Zhengjun, Deputy General Manager of the West Africa Development Unit, Elikplim Kwabla Apetorgbor, and Li Kanglin, Energy Experts and Business Development Managers of West Africa Development Unit (WADU).
Shenzhen Energy Group was led by Togbe Afede XIV, a Development and Investment Expert who is also a Director of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd.