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Ghana could benefit from a third Power Compact

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Martin Eson-Benjamin recently announced that Ghana has been nominated for a third Power Compact under the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) alongside Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Benin and Niger.

Eson-Benjamin underlined that Ghana only stands a good chance of being selected, if the country successfully implements the ongoing Power Compact II, reports GhanaWeb.

He urged the implementing entities and stakeholders under the Compact to support MiDA in executing quality projects so that the West African could benefit from the $536 million grant.

The MiDA official also revealed that there is 32 months left till the end of the Power Compact II, noting that 60% preliminary works have been done in the past two years.

Media cited him stating that negotiations are ongoing for the commencement of work on the largest electricity bulk supply point at Pokuase in March this year. Read more: Global solar company secures funding to expand footprint in Ghana

Additional four primary sub-stations are planned to be built in Kotobabi, Korle-Gonno, Achimota and Kanda to enhance power distribution in Accra.

Furthermore, Eson-Benjamin said another bulk supply point would be built in Kasoa to supply reliable power to surrounding communities.

Data distribution centre

The MiDA CEO also disclosed that there would be refurbishment of power transmission lines to ensure efficiency in power distribution, while a data distribution centre would be built in Accra to coordinate power transmission and monitor faulty lines of the Ghana Electricity Company (ECG).

A Metre Monitoring System, he said would be constructed in Accra to coordinate the 14 different metering systems in the country for easy tracing of illegal power connections and detect faulty lines for prompt repairs.

Eson-Benjamin said that these infrastructure developments would turn around the operations of the ECG for efficient service delivery.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.