Karpowership Ghana Limited has held a stakeholder engagement with members of the Tema Manhean Fishmongers and Smokers Association to get them acquainted with its operations.
According to the company, the engagement was in line with its principle of having transparent and sustainable relations with stakeholders.
Sandra Amarquaye, Communications Specialist of Karpowership Ghana, in a press statement said, “At Karpowership, we value our relationship with our local stakeholders, thus it is important to regularly undertake these engagements so that our stakeholders understand our business and how we operate.
“We have had a similar engagement with the fishermen so we deemed it appropriate to engage the fishmongers this time.”
She said Karpowership has been committed to supplying sustainable and affordable electricity to Ghana since it began producing power in December, 2015, explaining that Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan, with an installed capacity of 235MW, has been running efficiently and has been producing on average 210 MW of uninterrupted electrical energy.
Ms Amarquaye added that the second ship which is under construction will arrive in Ghana later this year to provide the 450mw contractual capacity.
She further explained that with the use of Low Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil, electricity produced by Karpowership is much cheaper than that produced by companies that use crude oil and natural gas.
Ms Amarquaye cited some corporate social responsibility programmes that Karpower had undertaken in Tema since it began its operations last year.
“We have donated learning materials for some schools in the Tema New Town community, donated fishing nets to the fishermen and presented resource materials to the Tema New Town Police Station.
“In addition to this, we have provided potable water for seven community schools, the Tema Manhean Community Clinic, Tema New Town Police station and the Tema Fishing Harbour by placing water tanks in 13 different locations,” she said.
The fishmongers, on their part, commended Karpowership for holding the session.
Cynthia Commey, Secretary of the Association, said reports that Karpower was responsible for the high electricity tariffs were untrue.
“This engagement has helped educate us on issues,” she said.