The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP), a substation designed to improve the supply and distribution of electricity for consumers in the northern areas of Accra.
Commissioning the project today, Wednesday October 20, 2021, the President stated that the Pokuase BSP, whose construction commenced in February 2019, is the fourth Bulk Supply Point in Accra.
“It is the first three hundred and thirty kilo-volt (330kV) Bulk Supply Point in the capital and the most technologically advanced substation in Ghana”.President Akufo-Addo
President Akufo- Addo explained that, siting the BSP in Pokuase was informed by the rapidly increasing load demand for electricity from Pokuase and its environs. He indicated that these areas have become load points for power demand, hence the BSP being is strategically positioned as a critical power infrastructure.
“The essence of constructing the sub-station is to improve power supply quality and reliability to some three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) existing customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in Pokuase, Kwabenya, Legon, Nsawam and neighboring communities”.President Akufo-Addo
BSP to reduce technical losses at GRIDCo and ECG
President Akufo-Addo revealed that the BSP is also to reduce significantly, technical losses in the Ghana Grid Company’s (GRIDCo) transmission system and the ECG power distribution system, ultimately contributing to improving its financial viability.
The President stated that Government is carrying out several other initiatives and projects to ensure that the country is able to meet its increasing power needs, arising out of the country’s growing population and Government’s industrial agenda, through initiatives such as the One-District-One-Factory policy, amongst others.
Besides the Pokuase substation, the President revealed that work is also ongoing on the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point, which will be the second largest bulk supply point in Ghana.
The project once completed, he indicated, will address low voltage and frequent power outage challenges caused by increasing domestic and industrial demand in Kasoa, Senya Beraku, Bawjiase and Nyanyanu.
“The fifty-million-dollar (US$50 million) BSP project, again, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation under the Ghana Power Compact Programme, will benefit some two hundred and forty-one thousand, five hundred and eight (241,508) ECG customers, and contribute to substantial reduction in transmission losses in GRIDCo’s transmission system. The Kasoa project is expected to be completed before the end of this year”.President Akufo-Addo
He further announced that the national transmission backbone, under construction from the coast to Bolgatanga, which had a gap between Kumasi and Kintampo, has been completed a few weeks ago.
Government remains committed to ensuring power supply
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and his predecessors for their leadership in helping to deliver this project. President Akufo-Addo said government remains fully committed to ensuring safe, stable and affordable power supply in the country as it focuses on realizing the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, which has industrialization as “its crown jewel”.
“It is imperative that we pursue this goal with dogged determination, to help ensure that every nook and cranny of this country has access to electricity as the main driver of our vision”.President Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United States government for their continued support; MiDA for its effective oversight of the project; Elecnor S.A., the main contractors for the procurement, supply, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of the project; as well as management and staff of GRIDCO and ECG.