Thieves Vandalise Bolts And Nuts To Render GRIDCo Transmission Tower Collapse

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An early Monday morning vandalism at Tema along the Volta Smelter transmission site of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has led to the power generation systems losing some 180 megawatts of power. The situation which occurred at about 1:30am saw parts of Kasoa, Swan Lake, and other parts of Accra being plunged into darkness.

According to officials of Gridco the suspected thieves who vandalised the tower removed the bolts and nuts supporting it before using hacksaw blade to cut the base of the tower, causing it to collapse on a second tower that is paired with it in a parallel line.

The Director of Systems Operations at Gridco has since noted that, officials have isolated the power from the damaged lines so as to ensure distribution is not affected.

GRIDCo was established in accordance with the Energy Commission Act, 1997 (Act 541) and the Volta River Development (Amendment) Act, 2005 Act 692, which provided for the establishment and exclusive operation of the National Interconnected Transmission System (NITS) by an independent Utility and the separation of the transmission functions of the Volta River Authority (VRA) from its other activities within the framework of the Power Sector Reforms.

The company was incorporated on December 15, 2006 as a private limited liability company under the Companies Code, 1963, Act 179 and granted a certificate to commence business on December 18, 2006. The company became operational on August 1, 2008 following the transfer of the core staff and power transmission assets from VRA to GRIDCo.

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