Advanced control centre aims to improve Ghana power

Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, has inaugurated a USD16.8 million systems control centre constructed by the Ghana Grid Company at Kpone with the goal of building a resilient power transmission system and becoming a net power exporter. 

He said the government was committed to ensuring an adequate power supply, to support the increase in industrial activities.

President Mahama said the government had also been working to restore the energy the country had lost through the interruption in the West African Gas Pipe-line.

The new systems control centre, funded by the World Bank, replaces an outdated centre, to modernise supply and ensure the effective monitoring and supervisory control of the Ghana Power Network and power exchanges between member countries of the West African power pool.

The replacement would also upgrade all the Remote Terminal Units in all the 48 sub-stations in Ghana and beyond.

Charles Darku, Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo, said the completion of the project would give a total remote coverage and control of the entire National Interconnected System comprising 66-substations and switchyards as well as about 5,000 circuit kilometers of transmission lines across the country.

He said the new facility had an online energy tele-metering system to ensure access to energy consumption data at each load centre on a real time all basis and various software and hardware tools for load forecasting.

The CEO said operators had been trained to manage the facility on 24-hour basis to detect faults and to have early warning of imminent failures.

GRIDCo is also completing the construction of a new 150 kilometre 330KV transmission line from Tema to Lome, Togo, which would be continued to Sakete in Benin to link up with an existing 330KV line from there to Ikeja in West Nigeria.

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