President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut sod for the commencement of the construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Project, ABC News can report.
According to the President, the project, when completed will avert the perennial flooding caused by the spillage of the Bagre dam as the Pwalugu dam will be the lasting solution to the periodic problem of the residents in the north.
President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the project will consist of three main components, namely the construction of a hydropower plant; the construction of a solar farm; and the establishment of an irrigation scheme covering an area of some twenty-five thousand (25,000) hectares.
He explained that the 60-megawatt hydropower plant and the 50-megawatt solar power plant will be the very first hydro-solar hybrid system in the country, with the two technologies complementing each other to provide reliable and stable electricity supply to the national grid.
Among other components of the dam, the president stated that about 2,200 skilled and unskilled jobs will be created for Ghanaians. He added that the contractor has been asked to also source services such as catering, security, water, cement, steel, office logistics, and other supplies to Ghanaians.
“In all, two thousand, two hundred (2,200) Ghanaians, skilled and unskilled, will benefit fully from the project, with the contractor mandated also to source services such as catering, security, water, cement, steel, office logistics, and other supplies locally,” the President stated.
According to the President the project will cost some US$993 million which will be solely borne by the government as part of the engineering, procurement, and construction contract by Sinohydro. He added that the project will be executed in 50 months.