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18.01.2007 Business & Finance

GCAA works towards uninterruptible power supply at KIA

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The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it was working towards ensuring uninterruptible electricity supply to key areas of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

This would ensure that a power outage from the city mains do not in any way affect power supply to these areas.

Mr Simon Allotey, Acting Director General of the GCAA in charge of technical, said this on Wednesday, when electrical facilities at the Airport City (KIA) in Accra were handed over to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

He noted that as the international airport of the country, the KIA easily attracted attention from the international community, adding that interruptions of electricity supply was therefore the last thing that had to be allowed to happen.

Mr Allotey said since it took some seconds to switch on stand-by generators whenever power supply from the city mains was cut off at the KIA, a system that prevented even such brief interruption was the best.

He noted that the GCAA and the ECG had long-standing cordial relations, adding that with plans afoot to make the KIA an aviation hub, collaboration between the two organisations was most important.

Mr Jude Adu-Amankwa, Managing Director of ECG, said the ECG sought to form a joint committee with the GCAA to prevent future power outages.

“We are concerned that any outage at KIA has dire consequences”, he said, adding that the ECG was confident that it's take over of the Airport City electricity supply would ensure better services.

The Airport City Project was originally conceived in the mid 1990s as part of the 13 redevelopment schemes for the City of Accra.

The project proposal was to develop a miniature business city complex and was a complementary infrastructural development for the Government of Ghana's Gateway programme. The project is located on 16 hectares parcelled into 29 individual plots.

Source GNA

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