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General News of Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

We’ve completed 330kV transmission line diversion works – GRIDCo

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has completed the diversion of its 330kV Aboadze-Tema transmission line traversing the highway interchange project at Pokuase.

A statement from the company said it remains committed to ensuring reliable power supply to consumers in the country.

Last week GRIDCo urged Power Distribution Service to extend the recent blackouts being experienced in parts of the country by five more days to enable it to complete the diversion of the transmission line to facilitate the interchange construction works being undertaken by the Department of Urban Roads.

The company said the project was supposed to have been completed on March 14, 2019, but the contractor has missed the deadline and it had to extend it by 5 days, ending on Tuesday 19th March 2019.

“We, therefore, wish to request you to extend the outage on affected PDS MV/LV lines in the corridor to March 19, 2019. The outage should be from 8:00hrs to 18:00hrs each day over the period. We count on your cooperation,” GRIDCo told PDS.

The statement came at a time when Ghanaians were already experiencing erratic power supply with power going off as many as three times a day at various times.

The statement, therefore, evoked anger among Ghanaians as it indicated that the situation will only get worse within the days indicated.

But it is unclear whether the statement from the company on Tuesday saying it had completed the process will address the problem of power outages in the country especially as the Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu during a tour of the project site, attributed the power outages to the ongoing diversion works as well as technical challenges.

GRIDCo in its statement on the development said “[it] appreciates the support of the general public during the diversion works. GRIDCo assures the general public that it is committed to working with all stakeholders to provide reliable electricity supply to consumers.”