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The Ghana Grid Company Limited has participated in the Third Annual Regional Energy Co-operative Summit organized by EnergyNet. The summit held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, seeks to form partnerships and drive forward energy projects and integration in West Africa.

Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah, Chief Executive of GRIDCo, speaking on “Celebrating GRIDCo’s 10th Anniversary; Power Transmission – Ten years On-What is the Vision for the Future of Transmission Networks in West Africa?”,  said there is an emerging home-grown engineering services expertise both in GRIDCo and the private level in Ghana.

He said GRIDCo therefore set up a GRID consultancy Unit that is available to provide services to assist existing and emerging power utilities in the sub region to grow and expand their infrastructure.

He said GRIDCo is also planning to adopt drone technology to enhance its maintenance operations.  According to the Chief Executive, the Company has challenges with inspection and maintenance of the transmission lines especially in the forest. In some cases, this has been exacerbated by the illegal mining activities and the introduction of the drone technology will help immensely.

GRIDCo, together with its Regulators, is also working to establish a National Wholesale Electricity Market. As part of this process, GRIDCo and Ghana’s Electricity Market Oversight Panel (EMOP) will hold a stakeholder forum to deliberate on the Market Design after which process will continue with the development of Electricity Market Rules.

Mr. Amoako-Baah said in the ten years of GRIDCo’s operationalization, the need to increasingly build on the existing synergies between GRIDCo, neighbors and partners has been critical to the Company.

Therefore, with support from its partners, GRIDCo has enhanced the existing transmission interconnection between Togo and Benin with a 330 kV transmission line and has  completed a 225 kV transmission line interconnection with Burkina Faso.

“GRIDCo views the interconnection with our neighboring countries with utmost importance as it enhances the stability of the interconnected system and also provides us with an opportunity to realize the objective of interdependence in the sub-region as stated by ECOWAS,” he added.

The summit brought together local and International Energy Experts. The special guests included players in the Energy Sector including Ghana’s Deputy Ministers in charge of Power and Petroleum.

Posted: Oct 01 2018