Since the start of 2021, areas of the country have been consistently plunged into darkness, sometimes without warning. Blackouts are often a foolproof way to lift a country's blood pressure. They can last up to 24 hours in Ghana, putting homes in the dark and cutting off fridges, TVs, water pumps, and fans. Many who can afford generators have seen their costs rise dramatically.
The Ghanaian, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has published a timetable to direct power cuts in parts of the Greater Accra Region. This is in response to current Pokuase Bulk Supply Point system improvement efforts, as per the company.
Thus according ECG, the project would actually require the full shutdown of the 330kv transmission line, which will have an effect on energy supply and reliability. During the month of May, some places will sleep in the dark for two nights and have their power turned off for two days during the day, while others may sleep in the dark for three nights and have their power turned off for just one day. Others will sleep in the dark for three nights and only have electricity for one day.
For eight days, the outages will alternate between day and night, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. As per the ECG, the tie-in works will last eight days, starting Monday, May 10 to Monday, May 17, 2021, and will disrupt power supply to some households in Accra's north-east.
The affected areas have been categorised.
Odorkor, Awoshie, Abeka Lapaz, Sowutuom, Ablekuma New Town, Opeikuma, Lamptey Mills, and other areas in group A.Mallam, Gbawe, Bortianor Red Top, Lower McCarthy, Bubuashie, Abossey Okai, Mataheko, Dansoman, and others are members of Group B.
Sakaman, MacCarthy Hill, Tetegu, Melcom Plus Industrial Area, Amasaman, Pokuase, Banana Inn, and other areas in Group C.
The planned outages will be rotated to minimize the effect on the affected areas, according to ECG CEO Agyemang Budu, who announced the creation of the timetable.
“We are coming out with a planned schedule whereby the affected areas are grouped into four. We have done it in such a way that no single customer will see the outage throughout the eight days,” he revealed.
He added, “we will see probably a 12-hour outage in the day time and then in three days we’ll have another outage at night.”
what do you think about the time table ?are we starting an erra again with "dumsor" ? will this be the last timetable we will ever see about "dumsor?
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