GE has won an order to supply nine mobile gas-fired gensets for Ghana’s 400 MW Bridge Power project.

The fast-track project, which is expected to come online late this year in the coastal city of Tema, will be Africa’s first liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-fuelled power project. GE said it also represents the first time the gensets will be used in a combined-cycle configuration.

The first phase of the order includes delivery of a 194 MW power block featuring five TM2500 gas turbines (pictured) and a bespoke steam turbine. The second phase includes a 206 MW power block with four gas turbines plus a steam turbine.

Although it will initially be LPG-fuelled, the plant will be able to switch to natural gas or diesel depending on availability. Development of LPG import, transport and storage infrastructure is also planned.  

The Early Power Limited consortium is developing the project under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Electricity Corporation of Ghana.  The consortium includes pan-African independent power producer Endeavor Energy, Ghanaian trading firm Sage, and GE.

Once completed, the plant is expected to provide around 17 per cent of Ghana’s power.