No return of dumsor – ECG assures Ghanaians

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has clarified that there is no return of dumsor despite the current power outages being experienced in some parts of the country.

“Admittedly, we have taken note of series of outages in some areas within our distribution system, but we wish to state as a matter of fact that it is not load shedding,” the Director of Operations at the ECG, Engineer Tetteh Okyne stressed.

Consumers have had to bear the brunt of cuts in power supply within the last few weeks.

The development also comes at a time that some concerns are being raised over imminent challenges to the generation component of the power supply chain.

Dir. of Operations at ECG, Ing. Tetteh Okyne (Middle) with Dir. of Engineering at ECG, Ing. Kwadwo Ayensu Obeng (right) and Head of Public Affairs at ECG, William Boateng at the media briefing

Dir. of Operations at ECG, Ing. Tetteh Okyne (Middle) with Dir. of Engineering at ECG, Ing. Kwadwo Ayensu Obeng (right) and Head of Public Affairs at ECG, William Boateng at the media briefing

But addressing a press conference to explain current developments in the supply of electricity, Engineer Tetteh Okyne further said interruptions at ECG’s bulk supply points and some planned maintenance works have accounted for the power cuts.

“Most of the time, there are faults that have come on our network and we have to respond to them as quickly as we can but the climax was on the Sunday where we had two challenges at the Mallam bulk supply point which affected a large area of Western parts of Accra, Kasoa, Nsawam at the same time we had another challenge and we had to put off the station at Baatsona which serves the Spintex Road and other areas,”

“So it happened that certain parts of the Western parts of Accra were off and some parts in the Eastern region were also off which raised some issues,”

The ECG also assured that the company has so far rectified the faults.

Meanwhile it says other sites that require installing additional transformers are currently ongoing at Oyarifa, within the company’s Dodowa district.

Plan of action to reduce power outages

Meanwhile some of the interventions to reduce the power outages include; a decision to complete all planned maintenance works by the middle of November 2016; deploying more 3rd party contractors to assist clear trees interfering with the ECG’s overhead lines as soon as possible.

In addition, the ECG plans to position engineers at strategic locations to promptly attend to emergency calls to shorten the intervention time and re-schedule non-critical projects to reduce outages currently being experienced.

By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

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