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December 20, 2014 | Regional News


Isaac Okyere

The electricity company of Ghana (ECG) Ashanti West chapter has commission a new ultra modern Abuakwa district office complex in the Atwima Nwabiagya constituency in the Ashanti region.

The beautiful edifice is one of the seven district offices and customer service centers constructed in the Ashanti Region to improve the quality of customer care to electricity consumers and its environs at an estimated cost of Ghc1.6million.

The commissioning was done together with district sub power station ensure better electricity power sustainability and delivery to customers in the district and its area of operations.

The Ashanti regional acting managing director of the ECG Mr. Robert Dwamena in his address said, the facility will strengthen ECG's capacity to deliver its mandate of providing quality, reliable and safe electricity distribution services to support the economic growth and development of Ghana.

He said, the Abuakwa district is also benefiting from the system improvement works currently on-going in the region. This according to him include the reinforcement of the 11kV feeders at abuakwa and creation of new feeders from main station “J” at Agogo to Abakomadi and Toase all in the same constituency.

The ministry of Energy and Petroleum Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi buah speaking at the commissioning said the project is one of several developmental interventions' in the power sector procured through concessionary funding support facilitated by government, under the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP).

Other intervention include the construction of two high voltage bulk supply points in Kumasi and Tema, the construction o nine primary substation in Ashanti and Greater Accra regions which according to him five of it have been completed and being used, and all also the reinforcement and extension of the distribution network to enhance grid electricity access for 1,310 communities and about 160,000 new customers across the country.

He said, in spite of the temporary challenges experiencing with regard to the quality of supply in the nation, government is assiduously working towards bringing a lasting solution.

'Government is not oblivious to the sensitivity of the sector to the development of the economy, and the impact the supply challenge is having on business and the general quality of life.” He lamented.

He assured Ghanaians that, government has its eyes fixated on the ball, and is on course to address the issues.

According to him, as part of government immediate measures to resolve the current supply situation, it is working towards restoring the VRA's TAPCo and TICo plants to full operational before the end of first quarter 2015; completing he TICo steam complementation of 11o MW and the 220MW VRA Kpon plant before mid-2015.

“In the medium long term horizon, government is in discussion with general electricity to add 1,000MW installed capacity of liquefied natural gas plant in the Western region.

He stressed that, the power sector is a highly capital intensive industry, and government alone cannot fund all the required infrastructure investment. “In view of this, government is exploring sustainable approaches for attracting private sector capital, and involving the private sector in the operations of the sector.

However, Ing. Peter Opoku general manager Ashanti West commends the efforts of all stakeholders for such a state of the art facility and assures management of their commitment to put the office complex to a good use.

He said, ECG will replace existing meters with new prepaid ones starting from the first quarter of next year 2015 after a successful pilot project at Danyame district in the Ashanti region.

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