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13.04.2007 General News

VRA Adds More Power To National Grid

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has added 14 more megawatts (MW) to the power supply system of the country.

That brings to 44 MW the amount so far added to the national grid by the VRA as part of its emergency power programme to bring 50 MW on board in the short term.

The Co-ordinator of the Emergency Power Programme at the Ministry of Energy, Mr Francis Gyata, said 60 more MW would be added to the grid by the middle of May.

He said the installation was being done at the VRA's new Tema sub-station, which also served as the Electricity Company of Ghana's (ECG's) sub-station “H”.

The six MW of what was left of the 50 MW of the Emergency Power Supply Programme, he added, would be added to the grid soon, saying what was left was just the servicing of the generating sets.

He said the 44 MW had boosted the voltage at Akosombo, while the additional 40 MW of 20 MW each were currently on site in Tema, with preparations for the installation of another 20 MW in Kumasi next week.

Asked what the Emergency Power Supply Programme which was being provided for the national grid was meant to achieve, he said, “What I can say now is that it is going to reduce drastically the draw down of the Akosombo Dam and boost it.”

Story By News Desk Report