The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), the implementing agency for Ghana’s Power Compact II, has signed a contract for the commencement of works to upgrade the Southern power distribution company, Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) low voltage (LV) network in the Kwabenya District in Greater Accra Region.
The project, when completed by end of the August 2021 deadline, will see the provision of electricity supply and a reduction in power outages to residents and businesses in the Kwabenya District.
A statement issued by the Authority said similar works in the Achimota and Akuapim Mampong Districts in the Eastern part of the country have since been completed, while those in the Dansoman and Kaneshie Districts are set to be completed in March this year.
“The work on the Kwabenya District is expected to be completed by the end of August 2021. The LV network improvement project, referred to as the LV Bifurcation Project, involves installing 350 new and higher capacity transformers, upgrading 1,000km of conductors, and also erecting over 16,000 wooden transmission poles across the five named ECG districts to enhance electricity delivery in the beneficiary areas,” the statement said.
MiDA said an estimated 397,950 customers in the five ECG districts, namely; Kaneshie, Dansoman, Achimota, Akuapim Mampong and Kwabenya would directly benefit from the project with funds provided by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the USA.
Roland Osei Nyarko, the LV Bifurcation Project Manager at MiDA, explained that “besides improving general access to electricity and enhancing the quality of power supply, the interventions will also strengthen and support the operating environment for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
“This will ultimately contribute to improved incomes, enhance job opportunities and sustain poverty reduction,” he added.