Accra, GHANA— On September 18, 2018, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through Power Africa, launched a 3-day capacity building workshop to discuss competitive procurement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and infrastructure.
The 3-day workshop brought together decision-makers from Ghana’s key ministries, regulators, and commercial entities from the power sector. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for stakeholders to discuss issues related to the supply and market of natural gas.
In her opening remarks, the U.S. Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Sharon L. Cromer, highlighted the significance of competitive procurement practices in the energy sector, and underscored the U.S. Government’s commitment to support Ghana’s efforts for reliable and affordable energy supplies through Power Africa. Ghana’s Minister of Energy, the Hon. Peter Amewu, re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to instituting competitive procurement in the sector.
Since Power Africa’s launch, Ghana has added 4.6 million new electrical connections (both on-grid and off-grid) and generated 1,557 megawatts (MW) of new power, bringing the Nation’s total installed generation capacity to 4,388 MW. Power Africa’s support contributed over 116,000 new connections and brought 544 MW of new power generation to financial close.
USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID supports Ghana to increase food security, improve basic health care, enhance access to quality basic education, expand access to power, and strengthen local governance to benefit all Ghanaian people.