The Electricity Company Of Ghana in a statement revealed that major parts of Ashanti Region will experience intermittent power supply till December , and this is as a results of system challenges .
Some of the affected areas are Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Asokwa, Oforikom, Ejisu, and other MMDAs close to Kumasi.
Mr.Kwame Agyemang Budu, Managing Director for ECG, in a press briefing indicated that the power challenges is as a result of the overloading of GRIDCo’s 161KV transmission line and Bui dam’s shutdown, which in turn leads to low voltages to parts of the country that receive power from Abomaso.
“All our power generators are all the way in the south and power going to the north goes through Kumasi so by the time the power gets here (Kumasi) losses are incurred, voltages are reduced so they want to establish a plant here so that power going to the north will not be a problem and it will not affect the Ashanti region as a whole,” he said.
“The problem here in the Ashanti region is system challenges whereby the 161kV transmission line is overloaded. That is why we are having all these problems. We do not have a timetable for these power outages. This is because we have not gotten to that level.
“GRIDCo supplies us with power and they have not stated that there is no power. There is power but their line is just congested and all they need to do is to upgrade it,” he stated.
He went on further to say that the government has put in place some short-term measures to curb the situation
“We are also strengthening the existing networks to help evacuate more power. Our short term measures are within a three to six months time frame. We are replacing our multi-jointed cable from Anyomaso to Boadi and from Boadi to Kassi.”