The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has hinted that government is putting together a number of projects to check power challenges in the country, especially the recent intermittent power outages happening in some parts of the country.
Among the projects is the construction of two power substations at Pokuase and Kasoa.
At a press briefing Thursday, Director for Systems Operations at GRIDCo, Ing. Mark Awuah Baah, explained that the current situation is as a result of a number of challenges which include an increase in demand of power supply across the country.
“For the first time, this year, we have crossed 3000 megawatts in terms of demand,” he said.
The press brief, organised to clarify matters concerning the country’s current power situation, follows a series of complaints from the general public about the recent power outages in their respective communities.
A section of the public has raised concerns about the matter with others concluding that the country has returned to the era of ‘Dumsor.’
However, Energy Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh explained that “what is happening is not as a result of a generational problem or fuel shortage.” Rather, it is as a result of some technical difficulties encountered at some power supply stations”.
Providing further clarity, Ing. Awuah Baah stated that the Bui Hydroelectric Power plant which happens to be the only power plant in the central part of the country, has currently been shutdown because of the low water level in the dam.
“In view of this, every power that the country requires, has to come from the coast upwards towards the North.”
“In order to address these challenges, we are putting together a number of projects. So currently, we are constructing the Pokuase substation and the Kasoa substation.
“The Pokuase substation is going to be a hub where the power that is being evacuated from Aboadze on the 330kV will come to before being sent to Tema.
This in turn “will allow ECG the flexibility to meet demand in the Northern parts of Accra and then in case that there are challenges elsewhere in Accra, load can always be moved.”
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