THE Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd. (ECG) has commissioned a new 20MVA 33/11KV capacity Primary Distribution Substation at Asamankese in the Eastern Region.
The ultra-modern sub-station, which was funded entirely by the ECG, is estimated at $7,933,186.55 and it is expected to further complement the company’s effort at providing adequate supply capacity for present and future power needs of the region.
At the technical commissioning of the new substation conducted by both ECG and MBH Power and Gas Ltd., the Regional General Manager of ECG, Ing. Michael Baah, stated that the substation is basically to improve supply voltage and also to ensure supply reliability in Asamankese and its adjourning communities.
According to Ing. Baah, the Primary Substation will serve about 40,000 customers in Asamankese, Suhum, parts of Koforidua, Kibi, Akwatia, and parts of Nsawam.
Customers in the Asamankese, Suhum and other surrounding communities have been experiencing low voltage due to the long distance of the source of power supply. According to Ing Baah, the substation is a relief for both ECG and its customers in the area because the source of supply is now closer to the people and that customers can enjoy quality supply of power.
He added that “the station will also serve as alternative source of supply to other parts of the region in times of outages; thus when one part of the supply area is off, supply can be wheeled to the affected area thereby minimising the impact of the outage or fault”.
The ECG Regional General Manager hinted that the company has injected GH₵15 million in system improvement projects such as transformer injections, and network upgrade from October 2016 to the first quarter of this year, adding that “the region has also earmarked about 175 system improvement projects for the year 2017 to ensure supply quality, reliability and flexibility.
He expressed concern about some challenges facing the company such as power theft or illegal connections, non-payment of bills by recalcitrant customers, cable theft, bush fires and chainsaw operations.
He said the region’s total assessment of illegal connection from January to March 2017 stood at GH₵153,554.50 and that about GH₵122,917.52 of that total amount had been paid.
Ing. Baah urged the public to volunteer information for the arrest of people involved in power theft.
He also assured the public that informants of illegal connections would be rewarded by the company.
He, therefore, urged the public to pay their bills promptly and also see ECG’s assets as their own, and help to protect them.
Source: The Chronicle