Mr. John Mahama after the inauguration
Vice-President John Mahama has inaugurated an $8.5 million power transmission sub-station at Buipe in the Central Gonja district of the Northern Region.
The 161/34.5kv facility will supply reliable bulk power to the Savannah-Diamond Cement Company Limited (SAVACEM) factory, and for other commercial and agro-processing purposes.
Jointly financed by the government, Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) and the SAVACEM under a public-private partnership, the project replaces the existing shieldwire scheme with a conventional supply scheme.
This is to meet the anticipated growth in power demand at Buipe and its environs including a sheanut processing factory, the Bulk Oil Supply and Transport and the Volta Lake Transport Company facilities there.
Inaugurating the sub-station, Vice-President Mahama said reliable electricity supply in the savannah belt was crucial to achieving the transformation envisaged under the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).
He noted that Buipe and its surrounding areas were becoming an industrial hub in the Northern Region and stressed the need for the people to eschew conflict and chieftaincy disputes to attract more investors.
Mr. Mahama stated that the country was now experiencing a more stable and reliable transmission system than some years back due to the efforts of GRIDCO.
He mentioned that a similar sub-station would be built in the Kintampo area with a $29 million Korean facility as part of government’s efforts to make the country one of the best in terms of power transmission in the sub-region.
Vice-President Mahama noted that the sub-station was wholly designed and implemented by local companies and commended SAVACEM for investing in the project, which would create employment opportunities in the area.
Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei, Minister of Energy, said government was working with GRIDCO to modernise and stabilise the national grid such that investors could locate companies in any part of the country.
He noted that the availability of electrical energy was the greatest constraint to development and lauded SAVACEM and GRIDCO for their support in building the sub-station.
Mr. Charles Darku, Chief Executive of GRIDCO explained that the lack of power for many years delayed the exploitation of the limestone reserves in the Buipe area, and subsequent production of cement from those deposits.
He said a number of industrialists who wanted to produce cement from the available limestone deposits approached the company for power supply facilities to enable them to undertake such an industrial venture.