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Volta River Authority

The Volta River Authority (VRA) is a wholly owned state utility with installed capacity of 2,600 MW (December 2017): 1,180 MW from hydroelectric power, 1,292 MW from thermal generation and 2.5 MW from solar PV.

VRA generates hydropower from the Akosombo and Kpong dams. The Akosombo Dam was constructed in 1961, with a reservoir capacity of 84.73m and a generating station with six 170 MW generators. The Kpong Hydro Electric Power Plant is a run-of-river plant downstream from the Akosombo Plant. The dam, commissioned in 1982, has a maximum head of 17.68m and is fitted with four 40 MW turbines.

VRA supplies power to local distribution companies, mining companies, industries and neighboring countries such as Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

VRA plays a lead role in fostering regional cooperation through its representations on the governing boards of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAGPCo) and the Association of Power Utilities in Africa (APUA).

To decrease its carbon footprint and contribute to the global climate change efforts, the VRA is developing solar and wind power projects in the northern and southern parts of the country respectively.

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