Ghana: Akufo-Addo Commissions $173.9m Power Project

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned a 330- kilovolt worth $173.9m for the Kumasi to Bolgatanga Transmission Line Project.

The official function was done at the commencement of his four-day tour of the Ashanti Region.

The office of the Ghanaian Presidency disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen.

Part of the statement reads, “This project is an integral part of the West Africa Power Pool Project, it seeks to reinforce the Ghana Transmission System, and ensure the export of at least 100 megawatts of electricity to Burkina Faso, as well as increase the reliability of Ghana to Burkina Interconnection Project.

“To help achieve this objective, GRIDCo also constructed a 330kV Transmission line from the Aboadze Power Generation enclave through Prestea to Kumasi.

“The 330 kV Kumasi-Bolgatanga Transmission Line Project consisted of the construction of approximately 550km of 330kV Transmission Line from Kumasi to Bolgatanga, the construction of 330kV Substations at Kumasi, Kintampo, Tamale and Bolgatanga as well as expansions of the existing 161kV Substations at these locations, and the implementation of Environmental Mitigation Measures and a Resettlement Action Plan for the Project.

“The Project was financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) at a total cost of US$173.9 million.

“Not only has the project succeeded in supplying 150 megawatts of power to Burkina Faso, but it has also increased transmission capacity to meet growing demand in Ashanti, northern Ghana and beyond.

The Energy Minister Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, also noted that the projects have also contributed to the reduction of transmission line overloads and associated high transmission losses and improved voltages, particularly in Ashanti, Bono and Bono East regions.

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