The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have in a joint statement indicated their resolve to ensure that ongoing maintenance works within their domains are completed on time to bring relief to Ghanaians.
The two companies said the various ongoing works will enhance power supply reliability in the Greater Accra Region, Central and Ashanti Regions when completed.
“These are all aimed at boosting the efficiency of the value chain in order for customers to enjoy quality, reliable and stable power supply. The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) wish to assure Ghanaians of their urgent commitment to complete the projects on time to bring relief to the system and customers,” the statement said.
The ongoing projects include the US$60 million Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP) project, the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point (BSP) project, the Tema – Achimota – Mallam transmission reinforcement project and the Anwomaso Kintampo transmission project.
On the Pokuase BSP project, the statement said, it “is expected to be completed by the first half of 2021. Upon completion, it will provide flexibility for ECG to distribute power around the city in case of challenges in other parts of the system and will benefit over 350,000 households overall.”
The Kasoa BSP project is also expected to be completed in August 2021.
“…Also funded by the MCC at a cost of US$50 million [the Kasoa BSP], will be completed by August 2021, and will benefit over 251,000 households. The project will help reduce the reliance on the Mallam BSP for power distribution to the Central region and will improve reliability and supply quality to Kasoa and its environs. Significant reduction in transmission and distribution losses are some of the benefits to be derived from the completion of this project. Anticipated power interruptions in relation to the Kasoa project will be communicated to the general public in due course,” the statement said.
“The AFD funded 161kV Tema – Achimota – Mallam transmission reinforcement project, for example, will increase transmission capacity more than four-fold, enabling the transfer of adequate power from the Tema enclave to Accra. It will also provide enough redundancy in the transmission and distribution systems,” the statement added.
ECG and GRIDCo explained that the situation on the Tema-Achimota-Mallan transmission line has resulted in low voltages especially in Kumasi and the central/northern parts of the country.
“Occasionally, some feeders in Kumasi are switched off to prevent voltage collapse, leading to intermittent outages,” they added in a statement.
“The completion of the Anwomaso Kintampo transmission project (set before the end of 2021) is expected to eliminate current transmission bottlenecks and ensure supply reliability to Kumasi and the northern parts of the country. These are all aimed at boosting the efficiency of the value chain in order for customers to enjoy quality, reliable and stable power supply,” GRIDCo and ECG added.
Meanwhile, an 8-day power outage schedule affecting parts of Accra has already been published and is taking effect from 10th to 17th May, 2021.