A 330 kilovolt Kumasi- Bolgatanga transmission line has been inaugurated by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday.
The project seeks to reinforce the Ghana transmission system and guarantee the export of at least 100MW to Burkina-Faso and increase the reliability of the Ghana-Burkina interconnection.
It was financed by the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) at a total cost of 173.9 million US Dollars.
The European Union provided a grant of 4.8 million Euros for the provision of project management, engineering and construction of supervision consultancy services.
It was implemented jointly in Ghana and Burkina Faso by the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) and Sonabel respectively.
The President was full of happiness, saying the inauguration of the project meant the assurance of power reliability throughout the country and commended partners for the support.
Mr Raphael Malara Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of France, said the inauguration of the project was “a new step in the partnership between Ghana and France.”
“It has been 10 years now since France, through our AFD, committed to enhancing and upgrading electricity transport within Ghana and from Ghana to Burkina Faso as well.It has been a tremendous challenge and yet beautiful cooperation between our two countries as partners.”
He indicated that the project had already started to have huge benefits for the Ghanaian people by improving the reliability and efficiency of transport and distribution up to northern Ghana.
“France is proud and honored to have been able to participate in strengthening Ghana’s infrastructure which is essential to the well being of Ghanaians and to the economic development of the country,” he stressed.
Mr Malara used the occasion to thank the European Union for preparing and advocating the project and supporting it by providing the grant.
The Board Chairman of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO), Kabral Blay-Amihere, said the project was a game-changer and a key component to ensure sustainable and reliable delivery in Ashanti and other regions in the middle belt and the north.
He mentioned the importance of the project which had enabled GRIDCO to export power to Burkina Faso.
Together with others in the energy sector, the project, he noted, had made Ghana a leader in the delivery of reliable energy in Africa.
The Minister of Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, could not hide his appreciation to partners for the project which had taken away the power supply problems of Ghanaians and charged the people to keep the government in power to continue with its good works.
FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI