Ghana signs two agreements with Japan for power supply

Ghana-japan-power-supplyGovernment has signed two agreements with the Japanese government for the reinforcement of power supply to Accra central and for the promotion of Fisheries in Sekondi.

The first, worth GH₵133 million, would construct and upgrade the Graphic road sub-station in Accra and its interconnected sub-transmission lines into a bulk supply point.

The project will be the biggest bulk supply point in the country with the first gas insulated switchgears.

The procurement processes would commence soon while construction will take about 26 months to be completed, after which the project is expected to reduce technical losses, equivalent to saving about 21 megawatts of power, to ensure stable and reliable power supply to Accra.

It would also ensure voltage improvement and reduce load on the Achimota and Mallam bulk supply points to improve efficiency.

The second agreement, worth GH₵ 66.6 million for the promotion of Fisheries in Sekondi, is for the construction and expansion of the Sekondi Fishing Harbour.

The re-tendering process would begin in April 2016, while construction works is expected to be completed in 18 months.

When completed, the project will contribute to increased capacity of the harbour to handle more fishing vessels, reduce congestion at the fishing harbour and increase revenue for the authorities. Ms Hannah Tetteh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said the agreement reinforces the strong relationship between the two countries.

She said Ghana has benefited from Japanese support to improve the socio-economic growth of the country and urged the media to do a follow up of the projects and inform the public on its progress and success.

She thanked the Japanese government for the support, saying the agreement would further strengthen the bilateral relationship for mutual benefits.

Source: GNA

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