VRA/NEDco to ration power in Tamale due to faulty panels

VRA/NEDco Communications Director, Maxwell Kotoka

Management of the Volta River Authority and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (VRA/NEDco), are considering power rationing as part of emergency measures rolled out to mitigate the impact of the power outage in almost the entire Tamale Metropolis.

There was a total blackout in the Metropolis following an inferno that gutted 11 panels of the VRA/NEDco substation at Choggu Hilltop.

[contextly_sidebar id=”X5AmG93HzIpNHQPXjscpxuNE2Za3iS2R”]The VRA/NEDco Communications Director, Maxwell Kotoka at a media briefing on Tuesday, said apart from critical installations including the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), the Tamale Airport and the Tamale Teaching Hospital, there is power interruption in the entire Metropolis.

According to him, management considers limited load management as an option because there are no definite timelines to fixing the problem.

“Among others, management has decided to loop some feeders that are close to the currently running lines to the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana Water Company and the Tamale Airport.”

“If it becomes necessary and we find it practicable, we may have to resort to some limited load management. If that would happen, we would not hesitate to share with you the structure or schedule with which it would be run.”

Maxwell Kotoka said the 11 breakers serving the Tamale Township on the 11 kv, were burnt to ashes for which VRA/NEDco will be unable to serve the whole of the Tamale Metropolis particularly domestic consumers.

“In all this, we would want to urge restraint and a careful management of expectations, and we assure the general public to understand us and cooperate with us in these difficult times.”

“A number of breakers are being brought in from Techiman and Wenchi to be used as provisional routes of supply to other areas especially around the centre of town. As alluded to earlier, it is not possible for all affected customers to have power restored to them at the same time. Similarly, some customers may have to suffer some load management experiences, whilst some may not be able to benefit from the short-term remedies at all.”

“We wish to put to it on record that we are leaving no stone unturned to restore power as soon as practicable.”

Maxwell Kotoka apologized to the affected customers for the inconvenience caused.

“It is our humble appeal to the general public to be patient and exercise maximum restraint, whilst we continue to do our utmost best to restore power to all.”

He commended the Ghana National Fire Service, the Ghana Police Service, and all well-wishers supporting the VRA-NEDco during these difficult times.

Meanwhile, some dissatisfied customers of the VRA-NEDco are livid over the explanations given.

Some of them in a Citi News interview expressed worry about perishable food products stored in deep freezers coupled with the warm climatic condition.

They implored the VRA-NEDco to immediately fix the problem.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/