Nana Yaa Jantuah
The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) has announced an agreement with electricity utility service providers on certain contingency measures to ensure reliable power supply during the World Cup season.
It was agreed that all available generating units should be on stream during the tournament, while maintenance personnel shall be posted to man critical substations and installations during the match periods to ensure expeditious restoration of electricity in the unlikely event of an unplanned outage or an emergency.
In addition, all key personnel would be put on standby during the period.
In a press release issued recently and signed by Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah, Director, Public Relations & External Affairs, the PURC said it has also asked the ECG/NEDco to furnish the public with its fault reporting lines to enable consumers call them whenever there are faults in the system.
As part of the discussions, Ghana will get 50 megawatts extra power from Cote d’Ivoire during the times Ghana would be playing ‘since our matches do not run concurrently.’
Arrangements are also being made with VALCO to reduce energy consumption during periods when Ghana would be playing.
PURC therefore appealed to the public to conserve energy during the period by putting off high consuming appliances like deep freezers and air conditioners, etc.
PURC added that it has asked utility service providers to reschedule all other maintenance activities in the national inter connection transmission system and also at the distribution end of the system with the exception of emergency works.
‘It should be noted that these plans are put in place for consumers to watch uninterruptible football matches during the World Cup Tournament, but within these arrangements the load-shedding schedule though varied still exists.
‘The PURC would be critically monitoring the situation during the World Cup Season to ensure that all these plans as discussed are put in place to bring about a level of electricity supply reliability during the World Cup tournament.’
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