In Ghana, the Electricity Company of Ghana has received $137,500 worth of electrical equipment from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Technical Cooperation Project for Electrical Engineers Training for African Countries.
According to a press statement, the Chief Representative of JICA, Koji Makino called the training project: “Technical cooperation on electrical engineers training for African countries”, Citi Fm reported.
Makino added that the Ghanaian State has been highlighting the need for equal access of electricity, which is needed in order to achieve equitable and inclusive economic development of Ghana.
Makino said: “In this regard, every year, [the Electricity Company of Ghana] employs engineers and technicians and provides the mandatory training to effectively maintain the [Electricity Company of Ghana’s] facilities.
“Japanese experts will be deployed to support [the Electricity Company of Ghana] Training centre for updating the training curriculum, renewing training equipment and brushing up of trainer’s capacity.”
He added: “And through those activities, we aim to enhance the quality of training and professionalism on the job.”
Improving skills and bonds
The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Robert Dwamena said that the donation received from JICA will strengthen the bond between the Government of Japan and Ghana.
Dwamena committed that the equipment will be used to improve the overall education at the Training Centre.
The training equipment included: a portable cable fault locator, an oil tester, a primary current injection test set, a secondary injection test set and a portable power quality analyser.
Unbundling energy sector
In other news, ESI Africa reported last month that failure to conduct regular maintenance and upgrades at power plants has put additional strain on Ghana’s hydroelectric dams, which generate most of the country’s electricity.
Ghana currently generates roughly 2,125MW and has an approximate deficit of 500MW.
In attempts to address this deficit, President John Mahama made a promise in his February State of the Nation address, to fix the country’s power problems by 2017, which includes a range of independent power projects (IPPs).
Some of these IPPs include: Cenpower’s 350MW project at Kpone and Jacobsen Elektro’s proposed 360MW power plant at Inchaban.