The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has disclosed that the destructive activities of illegal miners are affecting its operation in some parts of the Eastern region.
The company explains that, the illegal miners sometimes prospect for gold around both high voltage and low voltage poles making poles vulnerable to collapsing by the slightest rainstorm.
According to the company, soil incompatible and erosion characteristics of illegal mining areas makes it inconvenient for erection of electricity poles saying the company has to spend extra money to divert voltage lines to pass through areas which can guarantee stability.
The Eastern regional Manager of ECG Ing.Michael Baah said this in an interview with Ultimate News’ Kojo Ansah during inspection of two primary substations at Asamankese and Suhum which are near completion.
The Regional Manager said, ECG is also in support of the fight against galamsey due to challenges their activities pose to the operation of the company.
Illegal mining activities in Ghana has led to destruction of arable lands and pollution of water bodies with poisonous chemicals, an over decade situation which has reached lethal level attracting glowing concerns by Ghanaians and the media.
Experts have predicted that, Ghana may import water after 2020 should the current situation continue unabated.
The Government of Ghana has however promised to deal with the menace with a comprehensive policy approach in the coming days to preserve and conserve the environment from further destruction.
The 2× 10MVA 33/11KV capacity primary substations in Suhum and Asamankese areas which are 90% completed would help to improve voltage supply and also ensure reliability in the areas thereby addressing the low voltage customers experience especially Asamankese residents.