Residents of the Ashanti Region have been told by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) that the company is committed to resolving their power problems also known as dumsor locally.
According to the GRIDCO, the current power outages, known as dumsor, will be over before the Christmas holiday season begins.
The Director of Northern Network Services at GRIDCo, Ing. Vincent Boachie, said they are now working on their 330kV Aboadze to Kumasi transmission lines at Bogoso, which were damaged by a communication tower, at a joint press conference arranged by GRIDCo and ECG in Kumasi.
One of the three damaged towers has been repaired, according to engineer Vincent Boachie, while the other two are still being worked on.
He explained that the Akosombo Generation Station and generation enclave in Tema currently supply the majority of Kumasi’s electricity.
As a result, he claims, the present transmission network cannot carry enough power to the country’s central and northern regions, including Kumasi, during peak periods.
He claims that this is the source of the region’s current power outages, as they are unable to supply the necessary power to users at peak hours.
He stated that ECG is now unable to provide a load shedding schedule since they are unable to estimate the voltage of electricity available for distribution during the peak period, which is between 6 and 11 p.m.
Since November 9th, 2021, the Ashanti region has been sleeping in darkness during the prime hours of 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night.
This is due to a malfunctioning power plant that transports the load from Aboadze to Kumasi. Because there is a lack of energy to meet the water production demand for domestic and industrial use, the development has impacted water treatment and production at the Barekese facility.