Accra, May 25, GNA - The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) on Wednesday handed over a US$14.5 million Primary Substation at Kanda to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to supply electricity to critical national institutions and residents in the catchment area.
The 78-mega volts amperes (MVA) will supply power to institutions such as the 37 Military Hospital, Kotoka International Airport, Jubilee House, Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital), the National Mosque and adjoining communities; Kanda, Nima, Burma Camp, Ridge, Airport Residential Area and Cantonments.
More than 200,000 residents within the catchment area of the Ellen Moran Substation will benefit directly from the power infrastructure investment.
The facility was named after Ellen Kavanagh Moran, a retired employee of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), for her selfless service.
The project is one of the many electricity infrastructures constructed as part of the ECG’s Financial and Operational Turnaround Project of the Ghana Power Compact II, with funding from the MCC, a United States Government's foreign assistance initiative.
So far, two out of eight primary substations earmarked for construction in the Greater Accra Region have been completed.
At the inauguration of the Ellen Moran Primary Substation in Accra, Mr William Owuraku Aidoo, a Deputy Minister of Energy, said robust, sustainable and reliable power supply was pivotal towards the country's industrialisation drive to engender socio-economic growth.
He said the Akufo-Addo-led Government was undertaking several power infrastructures projects to meet the power demand of the ever-increasing population.
The Substation would reduce the ECG's technical losses in its distribution network and ensure quality service delivery.
The Deputy Minister expressed the Ministry's commitment towards ensuring stable and affordable electricity for consumers across the country.
Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, the Board Chair of MiDA, in an address read on her behalf, said the facility would help meet the increasing demand for power by consumers in the Kanda enclave and enhance productivity, incomes and social outcomes for the residents.
She said the facility had all the modern protective and safety equipment for the operators and the public, and connected to the fibre optic broadband for effective communication.
The Substation and associated interconnecting and offloading circuits would ensure that ECG secured greater flexibility in evacuating power to consumers and help reduce commercial and technical losses, she said.
Mr Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama, the Managing Director of ECG, said the facility would ensure robust, stable, and efficient power supply in the adjoining communities such as Nima, Airport Residential Area, and Burma Camp, while critical public institutions like the 37 Military Hospital received regular power supply for effective healthcare delivery.
Mr Steve Marma, the Resident Country Director for MCC, expressed the United States Government's resolve to supporting Ghana's quest to industrialise through funding critical infrastructure projects.
The Substation housed two outdoor 30/39 MVA power transformers and 33KV and 11 KV switching equipment in a basement-type Control Building.
The Ellen Moran Substation and interconnecting and offloading circuits were constructed by Messrs Eiffage Energie Systemes.TBEA Co. Ltd, and Messrs Best and Crompton Engineering Ghana Limited.
The Project was designed and supervised by SMEC International.
A citation was read in honour of Ms Moran, who was responsible for the development and implementation of infrastructure projects in compact and threshold programmes.