Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest gas engine-based power project is underway, its developers have announced this week.

The 140 MW cogeneration plant, to be located in the village of Beyin in southern Ghana, represents the first phase of a 300 MW, $180m joint venture undertaken by Cummins Cogeneration Ltd (CCL) and independent power producer WUTA Energy.

Scheduled for completion in August 2016, it will be the first plant in the region to use Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology to capture waste heat.

CCL’s chairman Deepak Khilnani said: “Since the discovery of Ghana’s natural gas reserves, it has been expected that gas would play a prominent role in the country’s energy sector. As a leading organization in this industry, CCL is thrilled to be taking steps towards meeting Ghana’s energy needs.”

In an effort to address its ongoing power crisis, Ghana is targeting a rise in installed power capacity of 5 GW by 2016. In October the nation took delivery of a 250 MW gas-fired emergency power plant composed of ten 25-MW GE TM2500 units, which are expected to come online in December.

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