U.S. Completes US$316m investment in Ghana’s energy infrastructure

GHANA – With the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point (BSP), the United States has completed its nearly six-year US$316 million investment in Ghana’s energy infrastructure.

The program has supported more reliable power for hundreds of thousands of schools, hospitals, offices, and homes in Ghana.

The Kasoa BSP will reduce outages in the power system, help stabilize voltages, and improve the quality and reliability of power supplied to the Awutu Senya East Municipality in the Central Region of Ghana.

Being the second-largest BSP, the 435-megavolt ampere (MVA) gas-insulated power substation will serve 250,000 ECG customers.

It will also reduce technical losses in the power transmission and distribution system, contributing to the financial viability of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) in the long term.

With the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point here today, we mark the successful completion of the MCC Ghana Power Compact,” said Nicole  Chulick, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy.

The US$316 million MCC Ghana Power Compact invested in new power infrastructure and reforms to provide more reliable, affordable electricity to Ghanaians.

It also supported programs designed to improve energy efficiency and expand opportunities for women in the power sector.  Ghana’s Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) implemented the partnership with the Government of Ghana.

The MCC Ghana Power Compact successfully improved the country’s power sector through the construction of four power substations.

These new power substations directly serve the 37 Military Hospital, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, University of Ghana Medical Center, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, the National Mosque, and over 800,000 utility customers.

Compact projects upgraded the power system in 10 markets in Accra and Tamale. Under the compact, ECG has also developed two new information technology systems: the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Multimeter Management System (MMS), to modernize the utility and help reduce commercial losses.

The MCC Ghana Power Compact also established the Air Conditioner and Refrigerator Test Laboratory at the Ghana Standards Authority.

The first of its kind in West Africa, the laboratory will help enforce standards to eliminate the importation of inefficient appliances that waste energy. 

As part of the compact, twenty regulations for energy efficiency standards and labels have been updated to reflect new technology and await promulgation in Parliament.

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