GRIDCo explains cause of daily power outages in Kumasi

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has explained that the daily power outages in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi is as a result of the congestion on some of the power substations.

Corporate Communications Manager at the GRIDCo, Mr Ebenezer Amankwaah said GRIDCo has taken steps to deal with the situation.

Mr Amankwaah said these in an interview with Dzifa Bampoh on the First Take programme on 3FM hosted Monday March 29

There is the Pokuase sub station that is being funded by MiDA that is taking some of the load from Accra.

“The load is growing because of the population growth and infrastructure growth so you need a lot of substation that can take the load so that they do not congest by the overuse of the stations already in the existence.

“When you go to Kumasi for instance  the issue of congestion is still  prevalent , there issue of Bui Dam as a peaking plant  which has also gone down giving rise to low power in Kumasi. So you hear some of the people in Kumasi complain that every minute the light goes off because there is a peak demand and when peak demand  is high  and there is congestion because of various substation  you have  it is bound to cause outages,” he explained.

He added “I can also highlight some of the projects we have to solve these problems. In Kumasi there is a Kumasi-Kintampo transmission line project which has been earmarked to be completed in July.

“…when you come to Accra the Pokuase substation is supposed to take some of the loads that transmit to Accra to free up space on some of the substations so that congestion will be eased. 

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“There is a Kasoa bulk supply plant that is being constructed also by MiDA which is also going to serve the same purposes

“As I speak with you we have had several requests from some of the contractors that are working on the projects about five projects currently who are asking for some outages to enable them expedite action on their work by July from the country to have their relief and for customers to be comfortable.

“Some of the outages are same day outages in March, some of them are about four days between April and May, and some of them are asking even two weeks or three weeks outages so.

“So we as transmitter will now have to work with EC that how we can minimise the impact on customers, how we can balance load distribution so that people are not necessarily overly affected. we are discussing that with ECG currently so that wherever there is the need to inform the affected  areas of potential outages  we will do that  with ECG taking the lead, giving us the areas and all also the hours or the duration so that people are comfortable

“We are looking at this week to engage all the stakeholders and get to an appreciable agreement on the areas to be affected, when they will be affected and the duration.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana