A/R: ECG sinks $120m into power
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has announced it is investing $120million to undertake some interventions to address current network challenges in the Ashanti Region.
The funding is sourced from donor partners and the ECG’s internally generated funds.
Addressing journalists in Kumasi on Thursday, 6 June 2017, the Managing Director of ECG, Samuel Boakye-Appiah, said the investment is expected to improve on operational efficiency, enhance customer care, create system reliability and security to provide a reliable source of supply to customers.
He said: “Over the first half of the year, electricity supply in the Ashanti Region has been fairly stable but we have, however, experienced some network challenges. This has affected customers in the Ashanti Region, especially customers in the Eastern corridor notably those at Ejisu, Juabeng, Effiduase, Nsuta, Mampong, Kwabre, and their environs. We wish to assure you that strenuous efforts are being made to ensure that this situation is improved.
“As we speak, ECG is undertaking specific interventions to address the current network challenges, estimated at about $120million. This funding is coming from our donor partners and the balance from ECG internally generated funds. This massive investment is expected to improve on operational efficiencies, enhance customer care, create system reliability and security in a bid to provide a reliable source of supply to our cherished customers.”
For his part, Deputy Minister of Energy, Owuraku Aidoo said power generation in the country is more than what the nation requires and, therefore, assured the people of the Ashanti Region of government’s commitment to address the energy generation challenges in the region.
“Being the Deputy Minister, I would like to pitch a little bit for the ministry that the general power situation within the country, as you are all aware, has improved tremendously and as I’m talking to you this morning, the generation that we have is actually more than the requirement for the country,” he stated.
“Although we have had some challenges, it has nothing to do with ‘dumsor’. Dumsor as we speak has virtually disappeared because like I said, we have enough generation but the distribution and the transmission side is where we have small challenges. Ashanti Region particularly has had some problems and I hear people calling and saying ‘dumsor’ has come back but no, it hasn’t.”