The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has officially handed over a US$14.5 million Primary Substation at Kanda, a suburb of Accra, Republic of Ghana, to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at a brief ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
The 78-mega volts amperes (MVA) capacity substation will enhance the reliability of power ECG supplies to institutions such as the 37 Military Hospital, Kotoka International Airport, Jubilee House, Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital), the National Mosque and adjoining communities; Kanda, Nima, Burma Camp, Ridge, Airport Residential Area and Cantonments.
Over 200,000 residents within the catchment area will benefit directly from the power infrastructure investment.
The facility is named after Ellen Kavanagh Moran, a retired employee of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), for her selfless service.
The project is one of the many electricity infrastructures constructed as part of the ECG’s Financial and Operational Turnaround Project of the Ghana Power Compact II, with funding from the MCC, a United States Government’s foreign assistance initiative.
So far, two out of eight primary substations earmarked for construction in the Greater Accra Region have been completed.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Ellen Moran Primary Substation, a Deputy Minister at Ghana’s Ministry of Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo, said robust, sustainable and reliable power supply was pivotal towards the country’s industrialisation drive to engender socio-economic growth.
He said the Akufo-Addo-led government was undertaking several power infrastructure projects to meet the power demand of the ever-increasing population.
The substation would reduce the ECG’s technical losses in its distribution network and ensure quality service delivery.
The Deputy Minister expressed the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring stable and affordable electricity for consumers across the country.
Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, the Board Chair of MiDA, in an address read on her behalf, said the facility would help meet the increasing demand for power by consumers in the Kanda enclave and enhance productivity, incomes and social outcomes for the residents.
Ms Ellen Kavanagh Moran (Left) being assisted by Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo (Right), Deputy Minister for Energy cut the tape to officially commission the Ellen Moran Primary Substation
She said the facility has all the modern protective and safety equipment for the operators and the public and is connected to fibre-optic broadband for effective communication.
The substation and associated interconnecting and offloading circuits would ensure that ECG secured greater flexibility in evacuating power to consumers and help reduce commercial and technical losses, she said.
Mr. Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama, the Managing Director of ECG, said the facility would ensure robust, stable and efficient power supply in the adjoining communities such as Nima, Airport Residential Area and Burma Camp, while critical public institutions like the 37 Military Hospital received regular power supply for effective healthcare delivery.
Mr. Steve Marman, the Resident Country Director for Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), expressed the United States Government’s resolve to support Ghana’s quest to industrialise through funding critical infrastructure projects.
The substation housed two outdoor 30/39 MVA power transformers and 33KV and 11VK switching equipment in a basement-type Control Building.
The Ellen Moran Substation and interconnecting and offloading circuits were constructed by Messrs Eiffage Energie Systemes.TBEA Co. Ltd, and Messrs Best and Crompton Engineering Ghana Limited.
The Project was designed and supervised by SMEC International.