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ECG Commissions USD$ 3.4 Million Substation At Hohoe

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L-R Volta Reg. Minister, Togbega Gabusu VI & ECG MD Cutting tape to C'ssion the Substation


The Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd., has commissioned a 40MVA Primary substation in Hohoe in the Volta Region on 12th July, 2017. The construction of the Primary substation, one of the Company’s initiatives in improving reliable service provision for its customers, cost the Company three million, four hundred thousand U.S Dollars (USD3,400,000), approximately, fifteen million, two hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢15,200,000).

 

Delivering the keynote address at the commissioning, the Managing Director of ECG, Ing. Samuel Boakye-Appiah, announced that the Company is currently undertaking various Network Infrastructure Projects in the Volta Region, to the tune of Forty Million US Dollars ($40,000,000). According to him, funding of these projects are secured from Internally Generated Funds (IGFs), and some Strategic Donor Partners of the Company.

According to him, “The electrical network interventions are generally aimed at meeting ECG’s corporate strategic objectives of Improving System Reliability, Improving Customer Service Delivery, Reducing System Losses and Improving Network Operational Efficiency.”
The infrastructure projects initiated in the Region 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 in the Region.

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The Regional Manager, Ing. Joseph Forson, reiterated the benefits of the various capital intensive projects on the life of consumers in beneficiary communities in the Region. “Customers who, hither to, could not operate their corn mills and other motors may now do so since the single phase networks which were constructed in areas such as Likpe Agbozume, Likpe Hiase, Teteman, Akpafo-Sokpo, New and Old Biaka, among others, are being upgraded to three phase, while the capacity of transformers in some communities have also been increased to resolve reported cases of low voltage experienced during peak periods”, he said.

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The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, commended ECG for the enormous investment in projects in the Region. Dr. Letsa expressed hope that the ongoing projects will fully resolve customer complaints of low voltage and frequent outages in parts of the Region.

The Paramount Chief of the Gbi Traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu VI, called on corporate institutions to offer employment quotas to Traditional Councils in areas they operate. This, he said will enable chiefs to solve the problem of youth unemployment in their areas.

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The Hohoe substation has two units of Twenty (20) MVA transformers. The current 40MVA capacity is a three hundred percent (300%) upgrade from the 10 MVA transformer, which was previously in use at the station. Now, more customers can be hooked unto the National grid; there is enough room for future expansions, and in the event that there is a major challenge with one of the transformers, instead of cutting supply to affected customers during the period of rectifying the fault; customer loads can be transferred unto the other transformer while the fault is resolved.

Present at the Commissioning ceremony apart from the Volta Regional Minister, the Paramount Chief of the Gbi Traditional area, and the Managing Director of ECG, were Management of ECG and other Stakeholders.

Fred Baimbill-Johnson
APRO/ Volta Region

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