Pokuase interchange construction cause of 8am to 6pm blackout

Pokuase interchange construction cause of 8am to 6pm blackout – GRIDCO

The Ghana Grid Company, GRIDCo has announced a scheduled 8 am to 6 pm power cut in some areas in Accra owing to the construction of the Pokuasi Interchange.

The announcement was contained in a letter from power transmission company, to the distributor, PDS, urging the latter to cut power supply to enable GRIDCo to carry out a diversion of its 330kV Aboadze-Volta transmission line located at Pokuase.

GRIDCo says although it expected to complete the diversion process on Thursday, March 14, 2019, it could not meet the deadline due to challenges encountered by the contractor in the process.

“We now envisage to complete the work by [Tuesday] March 19, 2019,” it said.

GRIDCo has asked PDS cut power to areas within the PDS MV/LV corridor until next week Tuesday when it expects to complete the diversion work.

“The outage should be from 8:00hrs to 18:00hours each day over the period,” GRIDCo has requested.

Recent Blackouts 

Many parts of the country experienced widespread blackout twice this week.

A situation Citinewsroom.com authoritatively said was as a result of some system imbalances that resulted in surges in the power grid over the past two days.

The affected areas included Madina, Koforidua, Achimota, Kasoa, North Kaneshie, Cape Coast and other places.

Generation data available to citinewsroom.com show that power generation around 7:30 pm on Wednesday was 1420MW with a Projected Peak Load of 2600MW, indicating a deficit of over 1000MW.

Power generation dropped to 1350 MW as at 8:00 pm and increased to 1546MW around 9:00 pm.

The Ghana Grid Company has apologised to Ghanaians and assured that they “will continue to work with all stakeholders to provide adequate supply to customers.”

Power to be normalized within five days – Amewu

Meanwhile, Ghanaians will have to endure the recent power outages for five more days.

This is according to the Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu who blamed the recent outages on technical challenges and the construction of an interchange at Pokuase in Accra.

Mr. Amewu hopes that the challenges would be rectified within the next five days in order and power distribution will be normalised.

“Definitely because of the construction work that is going on [at Pokuase] there is a need for them [companies in the power distribution chain] to halt the transmission of power for this period. So these are some of the problems they are facing. You can see the progress of work and my expectation is that it is going to be completed within about five days. But we’ve put in measures to minimize the impact. This is one of the major causes of interruptions. The problem has been caused by technical issues,” Amewu assured.

The Minister gave the assurance on Thursday when he toured some electricity substations and facilities connected to the recent outages explaining that the outages have been largely technical challenges and not generation of power.

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 |citinewsroom.com |Ghana

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