By Alfred K Dogbey
A Japanese delegation in Ghana has promised to augment the country’s electricity supply with 2000 megawatts from thermal and nuclear sources by 2016.
The company, Ghana Japan Oil (GJO) Limited, is a joint venture between some Japanese businessmen and their Ghanaian partners made their intension known at a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Energy in Accra, yesterday.
The plant is likely to be located at a particular region, to take care of its electricity supply. This according to the promoters would help to address the nation’s perennial power crisis.
Officials of GJO, yesterday told the media that work on the project is expected to commence this year, after the necessary modalities have been worked out.
The company is 80 percent owned by Japanese with Ghanaians controlling 20 percent.
Already, a delegation from the company made up of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Keisuke (Kelly) Alita and Yoshio Yoshida – Consultant to the company arrived in the country for the necessary engagements with the Ghanaian government.
They were yesterday led by their Ghanaian counterpart, Leslie Tamakloe, who is the Managing Director of GJO to meet with the Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum, John Abdul Jinapor.
Interacting with the press after a closed door meeting with the Deputy Minister, Mr. Tamakloe described “the meeting as fruitful”.
According to him, it was agreed upon after deliberations between the two countries that the Japanese Government would assist Ghana generate enough power to add to the existing ones.
The Managing Director of the company also revealed Tokyo Electric Power Services Company Limited, a renowned electrical company in Japan would also be partnering in providing the requisite skills for the project.
He said “it’s our passion to train and transfer our skills and technology to Ghanaians for the benefit of Ghana and its future” adding “to accomplish this, our knowledgeable and professional Japanese staff will help inspire and train young Ghanaian workers of whom they will be working with”.
Ghana Japan Oil Co., Ltd (GJO) is a company that deals in oil concessions. It is also into housing projects among others.