Business owners in the Greater Accra Region who will be impacted by the Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) planned load shedding exercise want the power distributor to adhere to their eight-day timetable.
They are concerned that extending the load-shedding exercise will have a negative impact on their businesses.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the ECG released a timetable for load shedding, which is expected to begin on May 10 and last until May 17.
According to the company, the exercise will allow its engineers to speed up work on the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point.
Some business owners in the affected areas, however, told Citi News, “We are not even prepared for this.” But we’re hoping it’s true. It should not be more than 8 days.“It will actually affect us if we have meat in our freezers and there is a power outage.
The load shedding should last no more than eight days. We already have low voltage, so if everything is fine after eight days, we will be happy,” another concerned trader said.
ECG explained that it needs to connect the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP) to GRIDCo’s 330kv transmission line, which necessitates shutting down the transmission line, affecting the Mallam Bulk Supply Point, which supplies power to many households.
Power will be out between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., as well as 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in more than forty communities divided into four groups.
The outage will be felt by two alternating groups each day until the exercise is completed.
Some areas to be affected include Awoshie, Nsakina, Dansoman, Ashalaja, Tuba, Abossey Okai, Dansoman, Tuba, Pokuase ACP Estates, Amasaman, Taifa, Ofankor, Kokrobite, Fadama, Israel and Abeka market.