A ground breaking ceremony has been performed for the construction of 330kV Bulk Supply Point at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
The US$33 million project, which is being executed by Elecnor of Spain, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
It is the first project under the Ghana Power II spearheaded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through the Millennium Development Authority, leading to the private sector participation in Ghana’s power sector by Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana limited.
The project, when completed, would help improve power supply in Pokuase, Nsawam, Kwabenya, Legon and the surrounding towns.
Delivering a welcome address at the sod cutting ceremony, Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, Board Chairperson for Millennium Development Authority Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu said the Bulk Supply Point would enhance significantly the services provided by PDS to its customers in Pokuase and the surrounding towns.
According to her, besides the project, there are other infrastructural projects in the pipeline. These, she said, include seven primary sub-stations, replete with their interconnecting circuits and low voltage Line Bifurcation Activities to cover Accra East and Accra West Regions of PDS’s operations.
“I’m happy to add that significant progress has also been made in installing IT driven state-of-the-art Meter Management Systems, Geographical Information Systems, Outage Management System, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems and a Data Centre. These are inputs needed for what will become a well-run and competitive distribution operations. A total of US$55.2million will fund these projects,” she said.
According to her, MiDA is confident that Messrs Elecnor, which is the first contractor for the infrastructural projects under the compact, would engage all the parties to the project and work harmoniously with them to ensure the completion and delivery of the project within 24 months’ construction period.
She charged the contractor to set the best example in handling the project for others to emulate.
Prof. Ntiamoa-Baidu commended the people of the United States of America, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, for the intervention which would increase reliable power supply.