President Akufo-Addo has emphasized his commitment to ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply in Ghana. Despite the challenges posed by global energy pricing dynamics, he assured that his government will persevere in their efforts to “Keep the Lights on” because there is no alternative.
The President made it clear that his administration will not revert to the power outages experienced in the past, commonly known as “dumsor.” Instead, he attributed such occurrences to the tenure of former President Mahama.
President Akufo-Addo’s statement underscores his determination to prioritize the availability of electricity and prevent a recurrence of power shortages. By highlighting the contrast between his government’s approach and that of the previous administration, he seeks to instill confidence in the public regarding his administration’s commitment to a reliable energy sector.
During the commissioning of the 161-kilovolt GRIDCo, ECG Bulk Power Supply Point in Accra on Tuesday, 13th June, President Akufo-Addo reiterated the significance of reliable and accessible electricity in driving economic growth and improving the quality of life for citizens. He emphasized that in the 21st century, a country aspiring to industrialize must prioritize stable, efficient, and affordable power supply.
The President highlighted the importance of electricity in our daily lives, from basic tasks like charging mobile phones to running businesses and operating offices. He stressed that electricity is now a necessity rather than a luxury, and achieving universal coverage is crucial for accelerated economic development.
President Akufo-Addo specifically mentioned the power requirements of Accra’s Central Business District, noting its implications for the economy. The projected electricity demand rate for residents and commercial establishments in the area is estimated to be 10% per annum. Additionally, the power demand in Greater Accra is expected to reach 1,000 MVA, with an average annual growth rate of 8%.
He highlighted that the Accra Central BSP project, which is being commissioned, aligns with the country’s power needs and development goals. It will ensure a stable and reliable supply of electricity to the bustling Accra Central Business District and its environs.
The President expressed gratitude to the Japanese government and its external agency, JICA, for their generous grant, technology, and technical assistance, which made the project possible. He also thanked the Japanese consultants and contractors involved in the project for their support and contributions to Ghana’s development.
The commissioning of the Accra Central Bulk Power Supply Project underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining a reliable power supply and meeting the growing energy demands of the country’s business hub.
President Akufo-Addo emphasized the strong cooperation between the Republic of Ghana and the Kingdom of Japan, expressing gratitude for the collaborative relationship that made the project possible. He acknowledged the support of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for granting access to part of its compound for the construction of the Accra Central BSP.
The President also extended his appreciation to the traditional leaders and the Ghana Railway Development Authority for their cooperation in providing access to the transmission line right-of-way. He acknowledged the Presbyterian Church of Ghana’s leadership and families in the area who graciously ceded part of their lands for the construction of the transmission tower, which plays a critical role in connecting the BSP to the power supply.
President Akufo-Addo’s remarks reflect the recognition and gratitude towards the various stakeholders and entities that contributed to the successful implementation of the project, underscoring the collaborative efforts that were crucial in bringing reliable electricity to the Accra Central Business District.
About Accra Central Bulk Supply Point
The Accra Central Bulk Supply Point (BSP) is equipped with gas-insulated sub-station technology, making it GRIDCo’s first sub-station to utilize this innovative approach. This technology is particularly suitable for areas with limited space, allowing for the installation of compact yet high-capacity switchgear and transformers.
The implementation of this BSP brings several benefits, including a reduction in transmission and distribution losses. It also ensures a high level of reliability in electricity supply and enhances personnel safety. The stable power voltages provided by the Accra Central BSP protect valuable equipment, while improved power supply reliability restores efficiency and reduces system losses in line with the requirements set by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC).
The adoption of advanced gas-insulated sub-station technology demonstrates the commitment to modernize and optimize Ghana’s power infrastructure, resulting in improved performance and operational efficiency in delivering electricity to the Accra Central Business District and its surrounding areas.