The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Thursday handed over a 33/11 KV substation valued at GH¢2.4 million to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Training Centre in Tema under the technical cooperation project “Electrical Engineers Training for African Countries”.
The facility is the final equipment to be handed over to the ECG under the cooperation agreement signed between JICA and the Ministry of Power on September 29, 2011.
The project commenced in September 2013 and would end in August 2016.
As agreed JICA had already provided 16 computers with accessories for the training centre library along with primary and secondary injection test set, transformer oil testor, power analyser, portable cable fault locater and 33-seater bus.
Apart from that it had developed textbooks and trained ECG instructors in distribution design, techniques and procedure for maintenance of power equipment, system protection and control, distribution planning and undertaken joint ECG and JICA training for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony a Senior Representative, Mr. Norihito Yonebayashi, expressed the hope that the substation would be utilised to enhance the human resource capacity of ECG engineers and that of their counterparts in the West African sub-region as planned.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema