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No intention of embarking on nationwide load shedding – GRIDCo

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) says it has no intention of publishing a power rationing timetable.

This comes following anger after the recent announcement of ongoing rehabilitation works in the power sector.

Earlier, the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) noted that it is in a discussion with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for them to provide a load shedding timetable following major maintenance works expected in the power sector from April to July 2021.

The Corporate Communications Manager of GRIDCo, Mr. Ebenezer Amankwa on Monday night [March 29, 2021] explained that some parts of Ghana will soon experience intermittent power outages to enable engineers and contractors to work on some substations plants across the country.

But in a statement dated Wednesday, March 31, 2021, GRIDCo noted that it has no plans to roll out a nationwide load shedding in the country.

The statement clarified that the planned maintenance works are not going to be nationwide as a section of the media has reported.

“Recent media engagements by GRIDCo, about ongoing projects in the power sector, appear to have heightened perceptions of impending nationwide power cuts. GRIDCo wishes to assure the general public that it has no intention of embarking on a nationwide load shedding programme,” the company noted.

The company however, assured Ghanaians of stable power supply during this stipulated time period.

“GRIDCo is working with ECG, MiDA and other stakeholders to ensure minimum impact on customers in the affected areas. GRIDCo is assuring all Ghanaians that there is a concerted effort by all stakeholders, led by the Energy Ministry, to ensure a consistent, accessible and reliable power supply at all times,” it added.

Below is the full statement

“Recent media engagements by the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), about ongoing projects in the power sector, appear to have heightened perceptions of impending nationwide power cuts.

GRIDCo wishes to assure the general public that it has no intention of embarking on a nationwide load shedding programme.

The transmission company is currently carrying out key projects to enhance power supply reliability in Greater Accra.

These projects are:
• Millennium Development Authority (MIDA) funded Pokuase substation and Kasoa Bulk Supply Point installations.
• French Development Agency (AFD) funded Tema – Accra transmission line reinforcement project.

The contractors for these projects are aiming at full-scale completion between the months of June and July this year. At some point during the process, the contractors will need to interconnect to the current transmission system. For this to happen, intermittent power outages will be required at different periods to safely connect the new installations.

Consequently, these outages are not nationwide and will affect only parts of Accra and Winneba.

GRIDCo is working with ECG, MiDA and other stakeholders to ensure minimum impact on customers in the affected areas.

GRIDCo is assuring all Ghanaians that there is a concerted effort by all stakeholders, led by the Energy Ministry, to ensure consistent, accessible and reliable power supply at all times.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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