Ghana: MiDA To Construct US$1.5 Million Testing Lab For GSA

Artist's impression of the Containment Building to House the AC Test Laboratory

The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has announced that it is funding the construction of an Air Conditioner Test Containment Building and Testing Laboratory for the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) at the cost of U.S$1.5 million.

The project, which will be sited at the premises of the GSA’s head office in Accra, capital of Ghana, will take off on June 1. It is being funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation, an Agency of the United States Government.

Upon completion, the facility will support the Government of Ghana’s efforts towards implementing a national programme that will enforce performance labelling of ductless RAC systems.

It will also ensure that appliances meet a Minimum Efficiency Performance Standard (MEPS) and contribute to the efficient use of electricity.

The test laboratory would be equipped with a Balanced Ambient Room Calorimeter (BARC) Test Chamber for evaluation of the capacity and performance of Room Ambient Calorimeters (RACs), in accordance with the ISO 5151 Standards.

MiDA is also collaborating with the GSA on the development of Standards and Labels for 20 energy consuming electronic appliances.

A statement from the Communication and Outreach Unit of MiDA said in line with the project implementation process, a Kick-off Meeting was held at the GSA’s head office in Accra on Friday May 29, 2020.

It said the project’s stakeholders at the meeting indicated their readiness to ensure the completion of the project within the planned time schedule.

The meeting was also to certify that the stakeholders understood their roles and were aligned on the project’s objectives, expected deliverables and the working environment.

Present at the Kick-off Meeting were senior officials of the GSA led by Professor Alex Dodoo, Director General, officials of MiDA, led by Ing. William Amuna, Technical Controller, representatives of SMEC PTY, the Project’s Supervising Engineers and Messrs. GHS Housing limited, who has been contracted to construct the AC Test Laboratory.


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