ECG Allays Fears Over Dumsor

Robert Dwamena, MD, ECG

Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has indicated that although it encountered hitches in the distribution of electricity recently in certain parts of Accra, the problems have been addressed.

Customers along the Spintex Road and the western parts of Accra experienced power cuts which stoked fears that the power crisis had resurfaced.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Tetteh Okyne, Director of Operations at ECG, said that the power cuts had nothing to do with load shedding and that maintenance works on its bulk supply points (BSPs) ended on Sunday.

According to Mr Okyne, the power distributor embarked on planned maintenance works following interruptions at ECG’s bulk supply points which culminated in the power cuts.

The company assured the customers that it would work hard to ensure that Ghanaians enjoyed uninterrupted power supply in the afore-mentioned areas.

In order to reduce power outages in future, Mr Okyne said his outfit had decided to complete all planned maintenance works by the middle of next month, adding that it would deploy a lot of third party contractors to help cut down trees that interfere with ECG’s overhead transmission lines as soon as practicable.

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 power cuts.

Recently, customers in Weija, Kokrobite, Bortianor, Tokuse, Aplaku, Dunkonaa, Tetegu, McCarthy Hill, Kwashieman, Fadaman, Tabora, Abeka Lapaz, Santa Maria, Mallam, Korlebu, Awoshie, Dansoman, Odorkor, Ablekuma, Asofa, Anyaa, Ofankor and Sowutuom, have been affected by the power cuts resulting from faulty lines.

Also, other areas such as Tantra hills, Amranhia, Mayera, Oduman, Dome, Kasoa, Nsawam, Regimanuel estates, Teshie, Baatsona and all factories and residences on the Spintex road have also experienced power cuts.

Mr. Okine said the ECG had to change some equipment at Baatsona in order to steadily supply power from the Baatsona Station, adding that some equipment at the Mallam Station, which developed faulty, had been fixed.

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By Samuel Boadi