Gensets make up hydropower shortfall in Ghana

Cummins Power Generation has signed a contract with the Ghanaian Government to supply 30 MW of electrical power in what is believed to be the largest multi-set power installation in Africa. Thirty-nine 900 kW diesel powered gensets will operate in parallel at a single power station installation.

Eighty per cent of Ghana`s electricity is generated by hydropower stations, and recent serious reductions in rainfall has resulted in a water shortage in the Volta region, which has affected power supplies. The Ghanaian Government is committed to addressing these problems. Installation of 400 MW of replacement power from both diesel and gas turbine generators is underway.

Cummins has been selected to supply the generators for the first phase of this project, designed to provide the immediate additional power needs. The gensets will feature Cummins` latest microprocessor digital Power- Command Control System for all synchronising and paralleling duties. The system was chosen not only for its reliability, but also for its well-proven remote operation capability.

Specially designed for the Ghanaian climate, 6m-long ISO containers will be used to house each genset, along with the station`s switchgear and control equipment.

Cummins will operate the station, 20 miles from Accra, for a period of two years using a team of engineers which includes Ghanaian nationals specially trained at the company`s new factory in Ramsgate, Kent, UK.