In West Africa, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has commissioned a 40MVA primary substation at Hohoe in the Volta Region.

This means that customers within the catchment area can connect to the national electricity grid, Ghana Business News reported.

According to the utility’s public relations officer, Fred Baimbill-Johnson, the substation has two units of 20 MVA transformers, with the current capacity being a 300% upgrade from the 10 MVA at the station.

ECG managing director Samuel Boakye-Appiah, explained that the parastatal was implementing various network infrastructure projects, having earmarked $40 million from its internally generated fund with support from strategic donor to meet ECG’s “Corporate Strategic Objectives of Improving System Reliability, Improving Customer Service Delivery, Reducing System Losses and Improving Network Operational Efficiency.”

ECG to improve power infrastructure

According to Boakye-Appiah, the development projects will include the construction of primary substations and switching stations; construction of 33/11KV network lines; network extensions and intensification, as well as 33/11KV network upgrade and expansion to various communities, Ghana Business News reported.

ECG Volta regional manager Joseph Forson, explained that the capital-intensive projects would help customers who could not operate corn mills and other motors to do so now due to system upgrade in Likpe Agbozume, Likpe Hiase, Teteman, Akpafo-Sokpo, New and Old Biaka among others, media reported.

Focus on water

In earlier news, the Volta River Authority (VRA) management has tabled plans to boost power generation at two of its power stations, namely Kpone Thermal Power Plant and Akosombo Hydro Generation Station.

Business Day Ghana reported last month that VRA intends to double the capacity of its Kpone Thermal Power Plant and has stated that water levels at Akosombo Hydro Generation Station have increased.

According to the director of Akosombo Hydro Generation Station, Richard Oppong-Mensah, the authority has minimised the level of generation at the Akosombo Dam to allow water levels to appreciate as the rainy season has started.

Media reported that Oppong-Mensah made the announcement last week during a tour at the hydropower plant. Read more…

 

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