The Kumasi Metropolis will have an unstable power supply (Dumsor) until the end of the year. The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has made the following statement.
According to the ECG’s Managing Director, Kwame Agyemang Budu, the power outages were caused by the continuing construction of a 330kV transmission line, which is scheduled to be finished by December 2021.
“From Kintampo to Tamale and Tamale to Bolgatanga, those two areas have been completed. They are yet to complete the last phase which is from Kumasi to Kintampo and by the end of the year, we should have a full 330KV transmission line from Kumasi all the way to the North.”
KMA, Asokwa, Oforikom, Ejisu, and other MMDAs near Kumasi are among those affected.
During a press conference on Thursday, Mr Agyemang Budu blamed the power outages on the overloading of GRIDCo’s 161KV transmission line and the closure of the Bui dam, which resulted in low voltages in parts of the country that receive power from Abomaso.
According to Kwame Agyemang Budu, the building of this 330KV transmission line would help offload some of the pollution on the 161kV line.
He also emphasized the government’s decision to move the Ameri plant to the Ashanti Region in order to assist in resolving the matter.
he explained that;
“All our power generators are all the way in the south and power going to the north goes through Kumasi so by the time the power gets here (Kumasi) losses are incurred, voltages are reduced so they want to establish a plant here so that power going to the north will not be a problem and it will not affect the Ashanti region as a whole,”
As per the Managing Director, the problem facing the country’s power supply stems from device issues rather than power generation.
“The problem here in the Ashanti region is system challenges whereby the 161kV transmission line is overloaded. That is why we are having all these problems. We do not have a timetable for these power outages. This is because we have not gotten to that level.
“GRIDCo supplies us with power and they have not stated that there is no power. There is power but their line is just congested and all they need to do is to upgrade it,” he stated.
Meanwhile, he reported that the government has introduced several short-term measures.
“We are also strengthening the existing networks to help evacuate more power. Our short term measures are within a three to six months time frame. We are replacing our multi-jointed cable from Anyomaso to Boadi and from Boadi to Kassi.”