The president Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo on Friday 29th November 2019, officially cut sod to signal the commencement of the first hydro-solar system in Ghana.
Together with Vice President Mahamud Bawumia and some ministers including John Peter Amewu, minister for energy witnessed the historic event happen.
The president in his speech indicated that his government is one which doesn’t renege on promises but deliver. He made reference to his state of nation address earlier this year where he promised the construction of the dam in Pwalugu.
The president mentioned that the dam when completed will consist of a hydro- solar system ,the hydro system will generate 60mhz of power and the solar plan adding 50mhz of power to the national grid.
The dam will serve as an irrigation system covering a whooping 25,000 hectares which is the largest in the country.
“The development of the “North” rest infrastructures and my government is doing so…the construction of the dam has the potential of increasing rice inputs reducing importation “ the President said.
According to the president, the project will cost $993m and entirely sponsored by the government which will provide jobs for over 2,000 Ghanaians.
He als appealed to residents who will be affected by the project and urged them to cooperate with agencies to duely compensate them. Over 400 households are expected to be affected.
The project is expected to end in 15 months with Power China a subsidiary of Synohydro China securing the contract.