Spanish infrastructure, energy and telecommunications group Elecnor has been awarded a contract worth USD 45 million to construct an electrical substation in Ghana for the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). This is the largest project Elecnor has ever undertaken in Ghana.
Elecnor will carry design, construct and start up a new 330/34.5-kV outdoor substation and a 33/11-kV indoor substation. The substations will be operated by two of the country’s leading electricity companies: Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) and Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG), respectively.
Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2021, the grid will provide a power capacity of 600 megavolt-amperes (MVAs), which will be distributed to urban centres near the substation. This new infrastructure will help to stabilise the supply of electricity to individual consumers and to businesses.
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The new installations will be built in Pokuase, a suburb in the Greater Accra Region in the south-east of the country. The aim of the project is to provide a better, more reliable electricity network to the region, which is home to the nation’s capital, Accra. Over an estimated timeframe of two years, the project will create 200 direct jobs, almost all of which will be taken up by Ghanaian citizens.
The construction of the substation is part of Ghana’s cooperation agreement with the United States, in place since 2014, to carry out strategic projects with the aim of stimulating economic growth in Ghana. To this end, the United States channels funding through MiDA, the agency responsible for evaluating, selecting and awarding concessions for different infrastructure projects.
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