GRIDCo requests for extension of blackouts over Pokuase interchange project

GRIDCo requests for extension of blackouts over Pokuase interchange project

The Ghana Grid Company, GRIDCo, is pleading with the Power Distribution Service to extend the recent blackouts being experienced in parts of the country by five more days.

According to GRIDCo this has become necessary following an interchange project ongoing at Pokuase in Accra.

GRIDCo in a statement said due to the ongoing project, it is compelled to divert its “330KV Aboadze-Volta transmission line at Pokuase to facilitate the interchange construction works being undertaken by the Department of Urban Roads.”

The company said the project was supposed to have been completed today, March 14, 2019 but the contractor has missed the deadline.

GRIDCo in a letter to PDS and signed by it Director in-charge of Engineering Projects, Ing. John Owusu-Afriyie asked for an extension of the blackouts by five days more to enable the contractor complete the project.

“We note that the work was originally planned to be completed by March 14, 2019. However, due to the challenges encountered by the contractor during the execution of the work, it cannot be completed as planned. We now envisage to complete the work by March 19, 2019. We, therefore, wish to request you to extend the outage on affected PDS MV/LV lines in the corridor to March 19, 2019. The outage should be from 8:00hrs to 18:00hrs each day over the period. We count on your cooperation,” the letter stated.

Recent Blackouts

Many parts of the country were hit with a widespread blackout on Tuesday and Wednesday triggering fears of a possible load shedding problem.

A lot of Ghanaians took to social media to express their anger over the darkness.

Earlier reports suggested that Ghana had a 1000MW power generation deficit on Wednesday evening.

Grid shutdowns 

This is the fourth time in three years that Ghana has faced a near-total grid shutdown.

It happened in 20162017 and 2019.

In all these instances, the system operator – the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) failed to provide comprehensive reasons for the occurrences to the Ghanaian public.

By: Jonas Nyabor | |Ghana

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