Volta River Authority
Volta River Authority
he Volta River Authority was established on April 26, 1961 with the mandate to generate, transmit and distribute electricity under the Volta River Development Act, Act 46 of the Republic of Ghana.
However, following the promulgation of a major amendment to the VRA Act within the context of the Ghana Government Power Sector Reforms in 2005, the VRA's mandate has now been largely restricted to generation of electricity. This amendment has created an enabling environment to attract Independent Power Producers (IPPs) into the Ghana Energy market.
The amendment also hived-off the VRA's transmission function into a separate entity designated the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), while the distribution agency, the Northern Electricity Department (NED), established in April 1987, also evolved into the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo), a wholly owned, standalone subsidiary of the VRA
The VRA has diversified its power generation portfolio to take advantage of available and sustainable sources of energy mainly hydro and natural gas, liquified petroleum products and renewables.
The Authority owns and solely operates a total installed electricity generation capacity of 2,512.5MW. The two main hydro dams, Akosombo and Kpong Generating Stations both located on the Volta River have 1,020MW and 160MW respectively; with a compliment of 2.5MW Solar PV Plant at Navrongo in the Upper East Region and a 6.5MW Solar PV Plant at Lawra in the Upper West Region.
The VRA also owns a number of thermal plants located in Aboadze near Takoradi, and the Tema enclave. The Authority's thermal facilities some of which are combined cycle generating systems, include the 330MW Takoradi Thermal (T1) Power Station, a 345MW Takoradi International Company Thermal (T2) Power Plant, which is a joint venture (JV) between VRA and TAQA from Abu Dhabi; a 110MW Tema Thermal 1 Power Plant (TT1PP) now designated Station 2, a 80MW Tema Thermal 2 Power Plant (TT2PP) as Station 3, a 220MW Kpone Thermal Power Station (KTPS) and a 250MW Ameri Power Plant.
Links to Customers and Neighbouring Countries
The VRA reaches its customers in Ghana and neighbouring countries through the Ghana Grid Company's (GRIDCo) transmission system, which covers the entire country and links up with the national electricity grids of Cote d'Ivoire, Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Électricité (CIE), Togo, Communauté Electrique du Benin (CEB), and Burkina Faso (SONABEL). These interconnections now serve as part of the arrangement under the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP).
The VRA's major bulk customers are the following distribution companies; Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Northern Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (NEDCo) and Enclave Power Company (EPC). Power sold to ECG and NEDCo caters mainly for domestic, industrial and commercial concerns in the southern and northern sectors of the country, whilst power sold to EPC caters for industrial and commercial concerns in the Tema Free Zone.
The Authority also makes bulk sales to a number of mining companies, which includes AngloGold Ashanti, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Goldfields Ghana Limited and Golden Star Resources Group.
Other customers are Aluworks, Akosombo Textile Limited, Diamond Cement Ghana Limited, Adansi Gold Ghana Limited, Drillworx Limited, Perseus Mining Ghana Limited, New Century Mines, Prestea Sankofa Gold Mine Limited, Great Consolidated Diamond Limited, Ghana Free Zones Board, International Land Development Co. Limited (ILDC), Kpong Farms Limited, Owere Mines Limited and Prestea Gold Resources Limited Township.
The rest are TV3 Network Services (Media General Ghana Ltd), Volta Aluminium Company Limited, Adamus Resources Limited, Nzema Gold Operations, Savanna Diamond Limited, Newmont Golden Ridge Limited, Asanko Gold Ghana Limited, and BlackIvy Ghana Limited.
A Model of Excellence for Power Utilities in Africa.
The Volta River Authority exists to power economies and raise the living standards of the people of Ghana and West Africa. We supply electricity and related services in a reliable, safe and environmentally friendly manner to add economic, financial and social values to our customers and meet stakeholders’ expectations.
Electro Volta House, Accra
Digital Address: GA-145-7445
+233 302 664941-9
+233-302-744400 / +233-302-218540
Volta House, Accra, Ghana
Volta River Authority