$19m AfDB-funded Ghana power supply facility in Kumasi to be ready December

A bulk power supply station at Anwomaso in Kumasi is scheduled to be completed in December this year.

The power station, the second after the one at Ridge, is to distribute about 132 megawatts of power to residents of the Kumasi metropolis and its environs.

The project involves the installation of two transformers at the station to ensure adequate, stable and efficient distribution of power in the metropolis.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is funding the project at a cost of $19 million.

The Minister of Energy, Dr Joe Qteng-Adjei, who inspected work on the project, said the facility was intended to make Kumasi more attractive to the investment community.

The authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the traditional rulers of Anwomaso donated 38 acres of land for the project.

After the inspection, Dr Oteng-Adjei told journalists that the government was more committed than ever to consigning the problem of load­-shedding to history, hence the need to reinforce power supply to the Kumasi metropolis and its environs.

“The construction of a second bulk supply point for the Kumasi metropolis is to reduce electricity loss, improve reliability of supply and increase access to electricity in Kumasi,” he said.

Dr Oteng Adjei said before the project was commenced, it was realised that the only bulk supply station at Ridge in Kumasi was overloaded, explaining that because the facility was located in a residential area, it was virtually impossible for any expansion to take place.

He said apart from the Kumasi project, the government was undertaking a number of projects in the country with the view to increasing power supply and consigning the problem of power outages to history.

According to the VRA Project Manager, Mr Isaac Badu, as part of the measures to return the good gesture of the KNUST authorities in particular, students offering Electrical Engineering at the university would be offered opportunity to undertake basic practical training at the project site.

He said since the project site was closer to Anwomaso, the community would take advantage of the reliable power supply to attract investment.

Source: Daily Graphic

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