The Chief Executive of Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Mr Ebenezer Kofi Essienyi, has called on the public to desist from encroaching on its lands and electricity power facilities, which could endanger their lives.
Mr Essienyi, who made the call on Monday during a press briefing at the Ministry of Information in Accra, noted that the activities of encroachers also endanger high-tension electrical towers and power supply.
He stated, “The activities of the encroachers could cause the wires to snap or sag and that could trigger electrical accidents. As a result, we have established a Right of Way Task Force to eject encroachers on the company’s transmission lines and also deployed technology to enable the adoption of predictive and condition-based maintenance which includes bulldozing, decongesting and increasing security.”
He called for advocacy and public education to combat encroachment and galamsey activities that impede its operations.
Mr Essienyi also disclosed that the AMERI plant would be relocated to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
“The contract has been awarded to provide two Line Bays at Anwomaso Substation. This is a game changer and would improve the reliability of power supply in the middle and the northern sections of the power grid,” he added.
He further outlined projects undertaken by the company to upgrade its transmission line to improve power transmission and reliability.
“Among three critical projects GRIDCo intends to execute to improve the power transmission network are the 161kV Aboadze – Cape Coast – Winneba – Mallam Transmission project, which is expected to be completed in 2026 at $ 55 million, the 161kV Mallam to Pokuase (A4BSP) Transmission Line Project which is expected to be completed in 2024 at $ 42 million and the 161kV middle corridor transmission lines (Akosombo – Tafo – Nkawkaw – Konongo – Kumasi), which is expected to be completed in 2025 at $140 million,” he noted.
Patience Anaadem, ISD