Dumsor: Transformer explosion plunge Kumasi into darkness

BY: Donald Ato Dapatem & Daniel Kenu
The scene of the exploded transformers. Pictures by Donald Ato Dapatem

A major explosion at the main sub-station of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at Ridge near Abinkyi in Kumasi has plunged many areas in the Ashanti regional capital city into darkness.

The sub-station takes power supply from GRIDCo for distribution by ECG to Kumasi.

Three of four transformers were said to have been burn down Wednesday night.

The cause of the blast was yet to be ascertained coming a few hours after the Ministry of Power officially announced an end to the four-year-old load shedding exercise as a result of inadequate power generation.

The Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer of the ECG, Mr Erasmus Baidoo, told Graphic Online that a team from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) managed to salvage the fourth transformer.

He said a team from the ECG head office in Accra were in Kumasi to fix the problem and that it was expected that by the close of work Thursday power would have been restored.

The explosion occurred after 10pm on Wednesday and was heard around nearby areas.

The situation which is not known to many people in Kumasi has culminated in people doubting the announcement by the Power Ministry that the load shedding was over.

The entire Kumasi city and its environs have since been put off to allow engineers to work on the problem, according to the ECG Public Relations Officer.