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ECG to Improve Power Supply in Eastern Region

The Electricity Company of Ghana Limited, in the Eastern Region, has initiated a number of projects to improve power supply within the Asamakese, Suhum, and other Districts in the Region.


The projects, which include a 2 x 10MVA 33/11KV capacity Primary Substations at Asamakese and Suhum are about 90% completed. These projects would further complement the Region’s effort in providing adequate supply capacity for present and future power needs of the Region.
Ing. Michael Baah, the General Manager of the Region, during a tour of the substations in Asamankese and Suhum stated that the constructions of the Substations are basically to improve supply voltage and also to ensure supply reliability in the areas.
According to Ing. Baah, the Asamankese and Suhum Primary Substations, when completed, would serve about 40,000 and 31,000 customers respectively in the Asamankese, Suhum, parts of Koforidua, Kibi, Akwatia, and Nsawam Districts.
He explained that the low voltage experienced by customers in Asamankese and Suhum Districts is due to the long distance of the source of power supply from the districts .He further stated that the stations would also serve as alternative sources of supply to other parts of the Region in times of outages, adding that “when one part of the supply areas is off, supply can be wheeled to the affected area thereby minimising the impact of the outage or fault”.
Ing. Michael Baah further stated that the Suhum Switching Station, which is currently being upgraded, will serve as both a Switching and primary substation.
He said some of the other on-going projects, which include the expansion of the Tafo Bulk Supply Point (BSP), the construction of a Primary Substation at Mpraeso are all geared towards improving supply quality, and reliability in order to achieve utmost customer satisfaction.
The ECG Regional General Manager stated that most of the projects would be ready for commissioning by the end of the second quarter.
Ing. Baah further stated that the Region has injected about fifteen million Cedis (GH₡ 15, 000.000.00) in system improvement projects such as transformer injections, and network upgrade from October 2016 to the beginning of 2017, adding that “the Region has also earmarked about 175 system improvement major projects for the year 2017 to ensure supply quality, reliability and flexibility.
He expressed concern about some challenges facing the Company such as power theft, non-payment of bills by recalcitrant customers, cable theft, bush fires and challenges with chainsaw operations.
Ing. Baah urged the public to volunteer information for the arrest of people involved in power theft, for a reward from the Company. He further urged the public to pay their bills promptly and also see ECG's assets as their own, and help to protect them.
Present at the occasion were: the regional management team, regional project team, Marketing Officer, and DM/Asamakese.

MARY ESHUN-OPPONG
APRO/EASTERN

 

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