CEO Today - Africa Awards 2022

ABOUT EMMANUEL ANTWI-DARKWA A Civil Engineer by profession, Mr. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, commenced his career with the Volta River Authority (VRA) in 1985 and served in various capacities until the year 2002, when he took up an appointment at the Ministry of Energy as Director of Power (secondment) until 2009. He resigned from the VRA in 2012, andwent into private engineering consultancy practice until his appointment as Chief Executive. With over thirty years of extensive experience in the energy industry, Mr. Antwi-Darkwa has detailed knowledge in the functional and regulatory influences in Ghana’s energy sector, and the dynamics of international power systems development. He possesses expertise in strategic planning, policy formulation and evaluation, contract negotiations, as well as the development of several multi-disciplinary power projects including the 400 MW Bui hydroelectric power project, and the expansion of the 220MWTakoradi Thermal Power Plant by an additional 110MW among others. He served on the Technical Committee of the Government Negotiating Team on the VALCO Agreements and was a Lead Member for the Government Negotiating Team for the Bui Project. Mr. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa is also experienced in the development and operation of the oil & gas business including design and evaluation of international oil & gas transactions, as well as an extensive knowledge of the various contractual arrangements in the oil & gas sector, including resource sharing arrangements, taxation, and the evaluation of oil & gas infrastructure projects. FIRMPROFILE The Volta River Authority (VRA) was established with the mandate to generate, transmit and distribute electricity under the Volta River Development Act, Act 46 of the Republic of Ghana. In 2005, following the promulgation of a major amendment to the VRA Act in the context of the Ghana Government Power Sector Reforms, the VRA’s mandate has now been largely restricted to generation of electricity. The VRA has diversified its power generation portfolio to take advantage of available and sustainable sources of energy mainly hydro and natural gas, liquified petroleum products and renewables. The Authority owns and operates a total installed electricity generation capacity of 2,532MW. The VRA reaches its customers in Ghana and neighbouring countries through the Ghana Grid Company’s (GRIDCo) transmissionsystem,which linksupwith thenational electricity grids of Cote d’Ivoire-Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Électricité (CIE), Togo-Communauté Electrique du Benin (CEB), and Burkina Faso (SONABEL). These interconnections serve as part of the transmission network under the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP). Our Vision AModel of Excellence for Power Utilities in Africa. CEO Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa Volta River Authority - 30 - CEO Today Af r i ca Award s 2022 - GHANA -

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