Ghana invests US$32.3m in boosting power supply in the Ashanti region

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is planning to invest heavily in the energy sector in order to boost power supply to consumers in the Ashanti Region.

The company is embarking on a US$32.3m project involving renovation and upgrading of sub-stations, construction of additional bulk power supply points and district offices and installation of more transformers to ensure efficient service delivery.

This was revealed by the Managing Director, William Hutton-Mensah at a news briefing in Kumasi as he highlighted the measure in which the company will consider in stabilizing power supply in the region. In his statement, the company will embark on a nationwide mass disconnection exercise to retrieve unpaid bills from customers, despite the current challenges facing power generation hence affecting its operations.

The company is also looking forward to put all its customers on the pre-paid metering system to reduce the cost of revenue collection. Due to high concerns about the disturbing rate of power thefts, ECG has vowed to tackle any illegal connections and prosecute offenders at the utilities court.

Mr. Hutton-Mensah gave an assurance of a remarkable improvement in power supply after the present energy generation problems have been dealt with, urging the residence to conserve energy to reduce power bills.

He noted that about 30% of energy generated could be saved in the system if Ghanaians avoid waste of energy in their homes and work places.

As of 2009, Ghana’s national electric energy consumption was 265 kilowatthours per capita.

Electricity Company of Ghana is a limited liability Company wholly owned by the Government of Ghana and operating under the Ministry of Energy (ME). The Company is responsible for the distribution of electricity in the southern part of Ghana namely, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Volta and Western Regions.