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Business News of Thursday, 26 August 2021

Source: Michael Oberteye, Contributor

Tema ECG invests almost GH¢1,000,000 to improve supply reliability

Ing. Emmanuel Appoe, the Tema Regional Engineer Ing. Emmanuel Appoe, the Tema Regional Engineer

The Tema Region of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited has over the first six months of this year invested GH¢989,800 in some major projects in order to improve the supply reliability in its operational areas.

The amount covers five major projects undertaken within the period covering January to June 2021. “The projects include the construction of a link between two of their main overhead sub-transmission cables which have now enabled the transfer of load from one feeder to the other in case of repair works, and to ensure continuous power supply,” said Ing. Emmanuel Appoe, the Tema Regional Engineer.

The beneficiary communities for this project are Communities Twelve, Eleven, and parts of Community Six.

Another of the projects had to do with the restoration of faulty underground sub-transmission link cables between two substations. This was to ensure that Communities Five, Six, and Ten would have a better supply of power.

In some areas, the Company realized that the load on the available transformers were getting too high, hence, resulting in low voltage to customers in the catchment area. A number of transformers were added to the existing ones serving Power City and surrounding areas in Prampram, Community 19, and behind the Emef Estate.

An amount of GH¢142,141.92 out of the total amount above was invested in the upgrading of undersized conductors serving Community 8 and its environs.

Speaking on these projects, Ing. Emmanuel Appoe, who also doubles as the current Acting General Manager for Tema Region mentioned that the Company is committed to its “mission of providing safe, quality and reliable electricity services in order to support Ghanaians and to live up to our mandate”.

Ing. Appoe also added a plea that developers and the general public should desist from encroaching on the right of way where electricity network installations are concerned. This, he said, often leads to unnecessary delays in case of faults repairing, which eventually leads to delayed outage periods.

Speaking particularly on the projects which had to do with overloaded transformers being eased, he admonished the public to stop illegal connections and urged people to report suspected cases of illegal connection.

He added that “illegal connections are one of the main reasons for transformer overloads, which leads to low voltages for consumers and sometimes, a total breakdown of the transformers, hence, plunging customers into outages till the transformers are replaced”.