The Millennium Development Authority, MiDA, has assured electricity consumers within parts of Accra West and East regions of the Electricity Company of Ghana, that recent disruption to power supply should be over by next week Monday, May 18, 2020.
It will follow the completion of the relocation of all four of GRIDCo’s transformers to the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP).
The affected areas in some parts of Tema and Accra, will be Tema Community 1, Sites 17 and 18, Tema Communities 8 and 9, parts of Ashiaman and along the Spintex Road Corridor.
The other areas are East Legon, Manet Estates, Jehovah Witnesses Camp, Achimota School, Action Chapel, Ghana Standards Board, Madina, ACP Estates, Pokuase Ridge and Collinson Farms.
The operators had indicated that the movement of the transformers from Tema to Pokuase should lead to slight disruption in power supply for the period.
The exercise started on Friday (May 8, 2020), and it is expected to last for about ten days.
The Pokuase Bulk Supply Point project, when completed, is expected to boost power supply within the enclave and reduce transmission losses for ECG and GRIDCo.
In an interview with Citi Business News on the impact of the exercise, the Chief Operating Officer of MiDA, Julius Kpekpena, said they will work to minimize any inconvenience to customers for the period.
“We are still in the process of moving the transformers. We have six in total; four for GRIDCo, while two will be for ECG. So far we have moved only one from Tema to Pokuase…we have up until Monday to move all four GRIDCo transformers. We are yet to set a date to move the ECG transformers,” he said.
According to him, the initial exercise which took place on Friday, disrupted power for about ten minutes; less than the anticipated 20 minutes of disruption.
The Pokuase Bulk Supply Point is the first 330kV Bulk Supply Point in Accra, and will be the largest substation in Ghana when completed.
The Pokuase BSP Project is being funded by the United States Government through its Agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Ghana as part of the Ghana Power Compact Program.