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President inspects works on COVID-19 treatment Centre

President inspects works on COVID-19 treatment Centre

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Tuesday inspected ongoing works at the 60-bed COVID-19 Treatment Centre at Pantang near Accra.

The facility, which is expected to be completed by December 2020, is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

The ECG is funding the project as part of its corporate social responsibility to support government curb the coronavirus pandemic.

The facility will later be converted into an infections disease hospital.

After a brief tour of the facility, President Akufo-Addo said the wake of the pandemic was a call to the country to institute a more robust health delivery system than what is available.

He said the response was Government’s Agenda 111 aimed at increasing the country’s health infrastructure, and that the facility was an indication of a country treading on the right path to building a formidable healthcare delivery system.

The President said the pandemic was an opportunity for the country to emerge stronger from the situation, and “that is my commitment that we come out stronger then we were.”

He was happy that the government was collaborating with the private sector to improve the country’s healthcare delivery system, and commended all the institutions involved in the project.

“It is obvious that anything we are doing, we need to help ourselves. No one will come to help us,” he said.

Under the Agenda 111 project, seven new regional hospitals, two new psychiatric hospitals, district hospitals, and infectious disease treatment centres would be constructed.

 

Source: GNA

ECG, MD Receive Awards

ECG, MD Receive Awards

Ghana’s largest power distribution company, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has been awarded as the best company in the energy sector for contributing immensely to the growth and development of Ghana.

The award was conferred on the power distribution company by The Business Executives, organisers of the Ghana Development Awards.

The Awards ceremony, which took place in Accra, capital of Ghana, was under the theme: ‘Intensifying The Implementation of SDGs for Ghana’s Socio-Economic Recovery Amidst Coronavirus.

The awards aim at identifying and publicly recognising individuals and both public institutions and private enterprises that have contributed to Ghana’s socio-economic development in pivotal ways, as well as foreign institutions that have proved to be exemplary development partners.

Per the assessment of the organisers, the strategies put in place by ECG to address the challenges of covid-19 worked effectively. And this, to the organisers, ensured the stable supply of power during the lockdown in some parts of the country and after.

The organisers noted that ECG activated all the Covid-19 protocols and ensured that its offices were opened to attend to customers, despite running a weekly shift system in its entire operational areas as part of effort to ensure social distancing at the work place.

The organisers also noted that, ECG’s performance, prior to the emergence of Covid-19 and during the pandemic, had improved significantly translating into a huge jump in revenue mobilisation.

Similarly, the organisers honoured the Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyeman-Budu, for his exceptional leadership that has resulted in efficiency in the management of the power distribution company.

The organisers noted that under his leadership, ECG deployed some innovations including the internal development of ECG Power App which enables electricity consumers to buy credit using their Smart Meters at the comfort of their homes.

They also cited the replacement of non-Smart Meters to Smart Meters in ECG’s operations.

They also took into consideration how Mr. Agyeman-Budu ensured that there was smooth integration of restructured ECG staff and Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana staff without any agitations.

Additionally, the organisers noted that he used his good office, lobbying skills and transparent leadership to ensure that government settles its indebtedness to the ECG to the extent that Government now has a credit balance with the company.

 


Source: energynewsafrica.com

ECG subtstation built in Mpraeso; power problems in Kwahu, Afram Plains to cease

ECG subtstation built in Mpraeso; power problems in Kwahu, Afram Plains to cease

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has commissioned a GH¢55 million primary sub-station at Mpraeso in the Kwahu South District of the Eastern Region.

The project is expeceted to improve electricity supply to the Kwahu Ridge and the Afram Plains areas.

The Kwahu Ridge and Afram Plains used to experience erratic and poor-quality power supply due to the use of only two feeders – the 11-kilovolt feeder from Nkawkaw Primary Station and the 33 kilovolts at Donkorkrom.
With the coming in of the two by 10 megavolt per amps 33 by 11 kilovolt primary substation at Mpraeso, the Company would link the various 11-kilovolt feeders into a ring system on the Kwahu Ridge to ensure system flexibility while its strategic location would make it possible for the Eastern Electrical Network to link Ashanti Electrical Network to Agogo.

The Eastern Region Manager of the ECG, Ing Michael Baah, was confident the new facility would improve system losses, ensure reliable supply and give consumers and business entities some relief on the Kwahu Ridge.

“ECG can now link all four outgoing feeders from this station to serve our customers. Now our customers in this part of the Region can heave a sigh of relief, tourism potential will thrive since the plight of long outages and poor quality of power supply has ended.”

The Managing Director of the ECG, Kwame Agyeman-Badu, explained a total of GH¢66 million has been invested into four projects in a space of three years in the Eastern Region.

A primary substation at Suhum, a complete relaying of sub-marine cable in the Afram Plains River, a conversion of a 33 kilovolt single circuit feeder to a double feeder at Tafo and the new Mpraeso Primary Substation project.

He noted a constant improvement of network system would take off the pressure on overloaded feeders whiles increasing demand are accommodated.

“The completion of these projects as well as various injections into our network system brought out relief on over loaded feeders, improvement on voltage profiles and increase in system capacity geared towards accommodating demand.”
He made a case of stability and reliability of power.

“This is evident when you compare overall power stability and reliability between 2017 and December 2019, average supply interruption duration per customer reduced from 145 hours to 56 hours representing a 61 percent improvement. Average supply interruption frequency per customer reduced from 86 times to 41 times representing a 52 percent reduction.”

The EGC MD was of the conviction the introduction of drones to monitor audit system would curb the major challenge of vegetation interference in network.

The Mpreaso Member of Parliament, Seth Kwame Acheampong, was elated the improvement of electricity would drive more industrialization and tourism potential in the Kwahu enclave

Source: 3news.com

Press Release: ECG Assures Customers of Stable and Reliable Power Supply

PRESS RELEASE - 9th November 2019

Joint Press Release by ECG and PDS - 8th August 2019

Joint Statement by ECG and PDS - 12th July 2019

The Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) and Power Distribution Services Ghana Limited (PDS) have taken notice of ongoing discussions in various media regarding purported challenges between power generators and us; the distributors, specifically regarding non-payment of financial obligations.

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