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General News of Monday, 20 November 2000

Source: GNA

Electricity company on frequent power outages

The Electricity Company of Ghana said on Sunday that measures are underway to arrest the recent power outages that have hit certain parts of Accra.

In a statement, Mr Kwamena Longdon, Public Relations Manager, explained that the outages are the result of a refurbishment works at its main substation at Achimota.

It assured the company's customers and the public that supplies would improve after the work has been completed. To boost power supply, the statement said ECG's two power transformers at the industrial area substation are being upgraded and will be put into service by Monday.

The company will also commission a newly constructed high-tension transmission line from Achimota Station to its primary substation at the North Industrial Area before the end of November.

The statement further said twelve out of 18 underground cable faults detected at the beginning of November have been repaired and work on the remaining six will be completed this month.

Certain parts of Accra have of late experienced power interruptions during the evenings. Areas like Dansoman, Abeka, Achimota, Dome, Taifa and surrounding vicinities have been going through rotational load shedding for the past five weeks