The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has announced the construction of two primary substations in Kanda and Legon.
This forms part of projects being implemented under the Ghana Power Compact Program to assist in reducing technical losses at the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
A kick-off meeting was held on February 20th and 21st 2020 to signify the readiness of all the parties including the Project Contractor, Eiffage Ghana Ltd, towards the commencement of the project.
Various issues related to the project were discussed, including implementation timelines towards the realization of the scheduled August 2021 completion date.
Officials at the meeting included Mr. Martin Eson-Benjamin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MiDA, and Ms. Elizabeth Feleke, Deputy Resident Country Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Additionally, Representatives of ECG, the Ghana Armed Forces and the University of Ghana, Legon (beneficiaries of the two Substations), SMEC PTY, the project engineers, and other project consultants were present.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Eson-Benjamin said the primary substations “will fill an infrastructure gap which has been anticipated as the solution to the perennial power supply challenges experienced by the beneficiary health facilities.”
He added that these primary substation interventions could be perceived “as a health-driven infrastructure initiative” and that the Substations are, therefore “critical assets in the promotion of quality healthcare for Ghanaians.”
The 33/11kV Legon primary substation will improve electricity supply to the University of Ghana and its surrounding communities, especially to the newly constructed University of Ghana Teaching Hospital and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
The Kanda primary substations will improve power supply to the 37 Military Hospital and Greater Accra Regional
Hospital. When completed, the health facilities and the neighbouring communities will experience significant improvements in the quality of power supplied to institutions and homes.
Alongside the project, MiDA will construct a 16 unit three-bed Apartment Block at Kanda for the Ghana Armed Forces.
This will provide accommodation for persons to be affected by the construction of the substation.
On her part, the Deputy RCD of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Ms. Feleke said Ghanaians as well as the US Government, who are providing the funds, hold huge expectations of the Project.
The cost of the two Substations is estimated at US$11.3 million and will be funded by MCC as part of the US$308 million Compact II funds provided by the people and Government of the USA and the US$23.2 million Counterpart funds by the Government of Ghana.