GRIDCo attributes intermittent power outages to activities of ‘galamsey’ operators  

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The main operator of the electricity grid, Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo) has attributed recent intermittent power outages to challenges with some of its key transmission lines in the Western and Eastern parts of the country.

“Brief outages have hit certain parts of the country in recent days; particularly last week and on Tuesday September 1, 2020. The outages were brief and lasted not more than three hours in parts of Greater Accra, Ashanti, Eastern and the Northern regions,” a statement from GRIDCo said.

According to the company, activities of illegal miners, popularly called “galamsey operators” and a charcoal loaded truck, snapped its Tafo to Akwatia transmission line.

It added that, the 330kV Aboadze substation reported some flashovers owing to the wet weather conditions; which eventually led to outages in some parts of the country.

Chief Executive of GRIDCo, Jonathan Amoako-Baah said, “we have been working assiduously to resolve issues with our transmission lines across parts of the country”.

Mr. Amoako-Baah explained that the recent outages have been carefully contained due to great effort from our Engineers, Operation and Maintenance staff and the Systems Control Centre of GRIDCo.

“Our resolve is to ensure that challenges are resolved aggressively in line with our commitment to ensure uninterrupted supply of power to our key stakeholders. We are also taking measures to fix some of the challenges relating to infrastructure and installations to ensure an efficient grid that is resilient and sustainable for the country and the sub-region,” the statement said.

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