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U.S. Completes $316 Million Investment in Ghana’s Energy Infrastructure

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With the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Provide Level (BSP) in the present day, the US has accomplished its practically six-year $316 million funding in Ghana’s vitality infrastructure, supporting extra dependable energy for lots of of hundreds of colleges, hospitals, places of work, and houses in Ghana.  Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Nicole Chulick joined Vice President of Ghana H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and different Ghana authorities officers to formally inaugurate the Kasoa Bulk Provide Level (BSP) in the present day.  The U.S. authorities funded the $50 million energy substation as a part of the MCC-Ghana Energy Compact.

“With the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Provide Level right here in the present day, we mark the profitable completion of the MCC Ghana Energy Compact.  This was a virtually six-year, $316 million dedication by the American individuals to enhance Ghana’s vitality infrastructure and help long-term financial progress,” mentioned Chulick throughout the inauguration occasion.

Following the occasion, Chulick toured the brand new facility with Vice President Bawumia.  The Kasoa BSP will scale back outages within the energy system, assist stabilize voltages, and enhance the standard and reliability of energy equipped to the Awutu Senya East Municipality within the Central Area of Ghana.  The Kasoa BSP is now the second largest-capacity BSP in Ghana. The 435-megavolt ampere (MVA) gas-insulated energy substation will serve 250,000 ECG clients.  It would additionally scale back technical losses within the energy transmission and distribution system, contributing to the monetary viability of the Electrical energy Firm of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Grid Firm (GRIDCo) in the long run.

The $316 million MCC Ghana Energy Compact invested in new energy infrastructure and reforms to offer extra dependable, inexpensive electrical energy to Ghanaians.  It additionally supported applications designed to enhance vitality effectivity and increase alternatives for girls within the energy sector.  Ghana’s Millennium Growth Authority (MiDA) applied the partnership with the Authorities of Ghana.

Vitality Infrastructure Enhancements

The MCC Ghana Energy Compact efficiently improved the nation’s energy sector via the development of 4 energy substations: the Pokuase BSP, the Kasoa BSP, the College of Ghana Medical Heart Major Substation at Legon, and the Ellen Moran Major Substation at Kanda.  These new energy substations immediately serve the 37 Army Hospital, Higher Accra Regional Hospital, College of Ghana Medical Heart, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Analysis, the Nationwide Mosque, and over 800,000 utility clients.  Compact initiatives upgraded the ability system in 10 markets in Accra and Tamale.

Below the compact, ECG has additionally developed two new info expertise techniques: the Geographic Data System (GIS) and Multimeter Administration System (MMS), to modernize the utility and assist scale back business losses.

Supporting Vitality Effectivity

The MCC Ghana Energy Compact additionally established the Air Conditioner and Fridge Take a look at Laboratory on the Ghana Requirements Authority.  The primary of its variety in West Africa, the laboratory will assist implement requirements to remove the importation of inefficient home equipment that waste vitality.  As a part of the compact, twenty rules for vitality effectivity requirements and labels have been up to date to mirror new expertise and await promulgation in Parliament.

The compact additionally supported the set up of greater than 14,000 new energy-efficient streetlights with metered administration techniques, changing previous, inefficient lighting and setting a brand new customary for vitality financial savings.  Lastly, the compact helped develop a curriculum for educating vitality effectivity in faculties.  Because of the Compact, a partnership with three main technical universities will set up vitality auditing facilities to strengthen Ghana’s place as a frontrunner in West Africa for vitality effectivity.

As a part of the MCC Ghana Energy Compact, greater than 600 feminine college students within the fields of science, expertise, engineering, and math (STEM) participated in mentoring and coaching for skilled progress and improvement.  300 of those college students discovered internship positions at main vitality sector establishments.  These internships have performed a vital function in serving to employers embrace a extra inclusive workforce and maintain the trouble to offer extra alternatives for girls to thrive in occupations within the energy sector sometimes dominated by males.

The Electrical energy Firm of Ghana (ECG) has since adopted a gender coverage, motion plan, and new targets for higher feminine worker recruitment and promotion.  ECG can even associate with USAID’s Engendering Utilities Program to proceed making progress on making a extra inclusive, numerous vitality sector workforce.

The inauguration of the Kasoa BSP marks the ultimate main milestone underneath the MCC Ghana Energy Compact and profitable completion of this system that has benefited lots of of hundreds of Ghanaians.  The compact finish date is June 6, 2022.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Ghana.

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