U.S. Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan joined President Nana Akufo-Addo and other Ghana government officials to formally inaugurate the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP) in Accra.
The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funded the US$64.7million (GH₵391.9million) electrical infrastructure project under the Ghana Power Compact.
“The Pokuase Bulk Supply Point represents a sustainable infrastructure investment by the United States with Ghana that will benefit hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians now and into the future,” remarked Ambassador Sullivan at the inaugural event. “It will help deliver more reliable power to the people, places and businesses of Accra that drive increased economic activity benefitting families, businesses and communities.”
This represents a flagship investment under the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Ghana Power Compact. The Pokuase BSP will reduce outages in the power system, help stabilise voltages and improve the quality and reliability of power supplied to the northern parts of the capital city of Accra. It will also reduce technical losses in the power transmission and distribution system, contributing to the financial viability of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) in the long-term. The Pokuase BSP is now the largest-capacity BSP in Ghana at 580 megavolt amperes (MVA) and will directly benefit 350,000 utility customers.
The government of Ghana implemented the project through the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). MiDA formally handed over the new power substation to ECG and GRIDCo in today’s ceremony.
The Pokuase BSP is the first major construction project to be completed under the Ghana Power Compact. The US$316million compact is helping government improve the power sector through investments that will provide more reliable and affordable electricity to Ghana’s businesses and households.
The compact is also funding a BSP at Kasoa and two primary substations at Kanda and Legon, in addition to other power sector investments, energy-efficiency programmes and women’s empowerment programmes within the power sector. The compact programme will officially close on June 6, 2022.