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GRIDCo embarks on rehabilitation of substations

•Ing Norbert Anku, Director, Southern Network Services, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), interacting with press men during a tour of the facility. Picture: MAXWELL OCLOO

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has built an additional bay or power zone at the Achimota Substation as part of the company’s contingency measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply while it embarks on rehabilitation works on its major substations across the country.

The rehabilitation exercise, known as the Substations Reliability Enhancement Project (SREP), is meant to replace obsolete equipment in all the substations of the company in the country.

Under the project, equipment such as control and relay panels, disconnect switches, circuit breakers, transformers and power lines and ditches of GRIDCo will all be changed and upgraded.

The entire project, which has already started at the Achimota Substation in Accra, is estimated to cost GH¢50 million and is being funded by the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Power.

Facility tour

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GRIDCo, Mr William Amuna, made this known to journalists at a facility tour of the Achimota Substation in Accra yesterday.

He said replacement works at the Achimota Substation would be completed by the end of the year, while the rest would be completed in July 2016.

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He added that the project would see the construction of modern control rooms and the installation of equipment which would enhance power supply in the country.

Addition to national grid

Aside from upgrading in power supply in the country, the Director of Southern Network Services of GRIDCo, Ing. Norbert Anku, said the exercise was necessary partly due to the fact that a lot of the equipment was procured in 1965.

“We cannot sit down for the equipment to break down before we struggle to replace them, which has the tendency to jeopardise our operations,” he added.