Construction of Pokuase Bulk Supply Point progressing steadily

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The Construction of the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP), which will supply and stabilise power and also reduce the technical and commercial losses of transmission to Pokuase, and its surrounding communities, is 38 per cent complete.

The Elecnor S.A, a Spanish Engineering and Construction company, undertaking the Project, however, anticipates that the Project, started in April this year, will be completed ahead of schedule and handed over to the Government by March 5, 2021.

When completed, the facility would be the first 330kV Bulk Supply Point in Accra and the largest in Ghana.
It is expected to directly benefit 350,000 people within Pokuase, Legon, Amasaman, Dome and Nsawam, among other areas.

The United States Government, through its agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, is funding it at $60 million dollars, under the supervision of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).

During a tour of the project, on Thursday, by a team from MiDA, Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the media, Mr Mateo Perez Camino, the Country Manager of Elecnor, said 85 per cent of earth works had been done.

It comprises foundations for the Control Buildings for GRIDCo and the ECG.
The team visited the Gantry Foundation and Power Transformer Foundations, which were at different levels of completion.

Nearly half of the equipment for the project, Mr Camino said, had been procured, which has a Ghanaian workforce of 90 per cent.

To promote business development and secure the welfare of local businesses, Mr Camino said Elecnor was working with Ghanaian subcontractors such as Peniel Engineering Supply, Asknas Company Limited, Mikadu, and Cymain Ghana Limited.

There were also local suppliers, such as Ferro Fabrik Limited, Interplast, Naabeco Company Limited and Beton Ghana Limited.

However, Mr Camino said, nearly 60 per cent of the logistics and equipment used for the construction were imported.
With respect to ensuring the health and safety of visitors and workers, he said, they had a site clinic and an ambulance, while health and safety managers had been prepared to secure the wellbeing of all.

They were also implementing measures to control noise and air pollution, thus the dusty access roads to the site was constantly watered.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, the Company was installing street lights and constructing access roads to the site.

It would also train some trainers in the ECG and GRIDCo to enable them to in turn train their colleagues on the operation of the facility after its completion and installation.

Mr J. Kwame Kpekpena, the Chief Operating Officer of MiDA, expressed joy that power supply and transmission were going to be stabilised in a couple of years to stem the power outage problems the communities faced as a result of the low voltage in the Northern part of the Greater Accra Region.

At the time of the visit, MiDA had released $5 million (12 per cent) out of the total allotted funds.
Mr Moses Anim, the Member of Parliament for the Tro-Bu Constituency, which covers Pokuase, said the facility would save the economy huge sums of money.

“We understand that there have been 24 per cent losses as a result of power outage within this area – 13 per cent commercial and 11 per cent technical. One per cent of every loss costs the nation 14 million dollars. Therefore, this project would help to save the economy,” he explained.

He expressed the hope that the Government of Ghana would continue the project after 2020, irrespective of who the ruling party would be.

“We should grow beyond not continuing developmental projects another party has started. When we put together our efforts and learn to continue the good works initiated before our assumption of office, we would achieve our vision as a nation,” he added.

Mr Anim called for a good maintenance culture to run the completed facility to enable it to serve its purpose for posterity.

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