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ECG Constructs New 33KV Switching Station in Western Region

The Electricity Company of Ghana has commenced the construction of a 33kV Switching Station at Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West district in the Western Region.

The switching station, which has 4 off-loading circuits and costs about 2,690,334.54 million USD will serve as a mode for the distribution of power in more reliable and efficient manner to the Dixcove, Busua, Abura and the Nsuaem areas independently.
Currently, the Ahanta West District and parts of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality are powered by ECG’s 33kV Agona distribution line which emanates from the New Amanfrom Substation in Takoradi.
This 33kV Agona overhead line distributes power through Apowa, Beahu, Bokro, Ewusiejoe, Aboadze to Agona Nkwanta. The line then continues to Dixcove, Busua and its environs on one side and Abura, Tetrem, Nsuaem, Essamang, Kofikrom and associated communities on the other side.
The line has a total length of over 200km, and a lot of branches called tee-offs. It has thus become unwieldy and difficult to operate and maintain as a single line. This has led to a number of challenges with the reliability of power supply in the above mentioned areas. It must be stated however, that the feeder has a secondary source of supply, which is the ECG BSP located at Essiama. This source is however not apt enough to provide the required reliability.
Commenting on the significance of the new project, Ing. Ebenezer Ghunney, the Regional Engineer, reiterated the Company’s strategic objectives – Reduction of system losses, Improving System Reliability, Improving customer service Satisfaction, Improving operational efficiency and Improving organisational culture.
“ECG Western desires to improve on customer service delivery. With the completion of this project, our customers in the defined catchment area would see an improvement in the services rendered to them”, he noted.
The Regional General Manager, Ing. Jacqueline Ofori-Atta, noted that the Company in the Region has been spearheading activities aimed at resolving all operational challenges with particular reference to unscheduled interruptions in power supply to customers. In line with this, ECG has invested in various network improvement and infrastructure development projects in the Western and other Regions.
The Project Manager, Ing. Samuel Nee Abbey, disclosed that the project will be completed by January 2018. He further highlighted some qualities and benefits of the project as follows:
• The substation will serve as a network reinforcement unit and cater for projected growth in demand in the area, especially due to expansion works by GREL. It will further improve the end voltage profile.
• The new network arrangement will help relieve projected distribution overloads on the overhead line and also reduce energy losses with the introduction of new and bigger line.
• An off-shoot of this project will be the firming up of the power network link between Agona Nkwanta and the Essiama BSP which will provide an alternative source of bulk power supply to the area under consideration.

PHILIP OSEI BONSU
PRO/Western Region

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