Mr Robert Porter Jackson, US Ambassador to Ghana has stated that the US government was committed to the transformation of the power sector in Ghana. He said through companies like GE oil and gas, the US government had made huge investments in they had provided US$350million towards the self- help electrification project in 200 communities across Ghana. Mr Jackson said this during the inauguration of multi-million dollar General Electric (GE) oil and gas service facility at the Takoradi Port in the western region.
Ambassador Jackson said through USAID 400-million-dollar investment had been made to support independent power plants and that the Electricity Company of Ghana was also being supported to provide reliable power supply in the country. He described power supply as a lifeline to meet basic needs and that the US government was providing technical assistance to build the capacity of small and medium companies to supply adequate and reliable power in the country. He lauded GE oil and gas for its contributions towards solving Ghana’s power crisis as well as creating jobs through its local content policy.
Mr Joseph Cudjoe, Deputy Minister of Energy said the facility was a giant step towards providing quality service to the oil and gas sector which would lead to a successful oil and gas regime in the country. He said government was doing everything possible to engage committed partners in the power sector so as to build the needed capacity. He said the ministry of energy would implement the local content policy and noting that its compliance should not be seen as a constraint but an avenue for healthy competition. Mr Cudjoe said the government was determined to collaborate with companies such as GE Oil and gas to sustain the power sector.