All the six major transformers, procured by the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) for the ongoing Pokuase Bulk Supply Point Project have arrived in Ghana.
The transformers, which come in two sizes, 145 MVA and 39 MVA, and which will support the operations of GRIDCo and ECG, were shipped in two batches and arrived at the Tema Port on the April 27 and on May 4, 2020.
The transformers were manufactured in Turkey, and have been subjected to Factory Assessment Tests in the presence of Officials of MiDA, ECG, GRIDCo and other Stakeholders connected to the Project.
From Friday, May 8, 2020, all the transformers made their very slow journey from the Tema Port to the Project Site at Pokuase.
Ahead of the arrival of the transformers, MiDA has worked with ECG and GRIDCo towards the safe transportation of these vital equipment to the Project Site, to ensure very minimal disruptions to power supply to consumers along the way.
In line with this, ECG on May 8, 2020, put out notification in the media alerting customers of the expected but limited outages that will occur during the transfer process. The affected areas in some parts of Tema and Accra; will be Tema Community 1, Sites 17 and 18, Tema Communities 8 and 9, parts of Ashiaman and along the Spintex Road Corridor.
The other areas are East Legon, Manet Estates, Jehovah Witnesses Camp, Achimota School, Action Chapel, Ghana Standards Board, Madina, ACP Estates, Pokuase Ridge and Collinson Farms.
The outages in these areas are expected to last no longer than 20 minutes, even as these massive equipment make their slow journey along these corridors to the point of installation at the Pokuase BSP Site.
The arrival of all the six transformers, together with other related equipment, marks a significant milestone in the construction of the first 330kV Bulk Supply Point in Accra, which will be the largest Substation in Ghana when completed.
Work on the Pokuase BSP Project is currently 61% completed, and it is scheduled to be handed over to ECG and GRIDCo at the end of the first quarter of 2021.