December 8, 2015
Tuesday December 8, 2015
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has today signed two grant agreements with Government of the Republic of Ghana. The first is the grant agreement for the Project for the Reinforcement of Power Supply to Accra Central for the construction and upgrading of the Graphic road sub-station in Accra and its interconnected sub-transmission lines into a bulk supply point (BSP). This project will be the biggest BSP in Ghana with the 1st GIS (gas insulated switchgears). The amount of the Grant is four billion, three hundred and fifty-seven million Japanese Yen (JPY 4.357 billion), equivalent to GH₵133.8 million (US$ 35.5 million).
The components of the project include 3 sets of 161/34.5 kV transformers with total capacity of 375MVA (biggest in the Country); different sets of 161kV gas insulated switchgears (1st GIS in Ghana); 1 set of 33kV GIS; SCADA system; Spare parts and maintenance tools; 161kV transmission lines from Avenor to Graphic Road substation and the construction of 2-storey building to house the control room and other offices.
Saving Power of about 21MW
The procurement processes are expected to commence soon while construction will take about 26 months to be completed. After the completion of this project, it is expected to reduce technical losses equivalent to saving about 21MW of power; ensure stable and reliable power supply to Accra Area, ensure voltage (low voltage) improvement, increase coverage capacity and reduce pressure/load on Achimota & Mallam BSPs to improve efficiency.
The second grant agreement is the Project for the Promotion of Fisheries in Sekondi for the construction and expansion of Sekondi Fishing Harbour. This is an additional grant of three hundred and forty-four million Japanese Yen (JPY 344 million), equivalent to GH₵10.6 million (US$ 2.8 million) to expand the Sekondi fishing harbor to the earlier grant agreement signed in April 2014. Though this project was signed last year, at the procurement stage, the cost was more than the grant limit hence necessitated the additional budget. The total amount of the Grant is two billion, one hundred and sixty-nine million Japanese Yen (JPY2.169 billion), equivalent to GH₵66.6 million (US$ 17.6 million).
The project components for Sekondi Fisheries Promotion Project are construction of additional lay-by wharf (improve existing breakwater); construction of ice making plant; construction of additional administrative office; rehabilitation of access drive way (road) with canoe berthing facility; net mending facility (pavement area); construction of fuel oil tanker site and soft component for capacity building.
The re-tendering process is scheduled around April 2016 while construction works is expected to be completed in 18 months. When completed, the project will contribute to increased capacity of the harbor to handle more fishing vessels; reduce congestion at the fishing harbor and increased revenue for the authorities.