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‘We will protect Akosombo dam from Galamseyers’

 


Mr Richard Oppong Mensah, Director of the Akosombo Hydro Generating Station,
has assured that robust measures are in place to bar illegal miners
(Galamseyers) from destroying the Akosombo Dam.      

He indicated that
there was adequate surveillance on the river body, which guarded it against the
activities of Galamseyers “so the public should not worry at all.”   

The Director was
speaking to the media on Thursday, when the Volta River Authority (VRA)
organised a media facility visit at the Kpone Thermal Power Station and the
Akosombo Hydro Generating Station.  

The event was aimed
at updating the media and the general public on the current plans, projects and
activities the VRA was undertaking to ensure sustainable and reliable power
supply in the country.     

Mr Mensah said: “We
monitor all the banks of the river up to the North and periodically, we go
round to inspect the banks. When we find that any activity is drawing closer to
our banks, we immediately stop the perpetrator.”        

He said the VRA had
also warned all chiefs to stay off the banks by 50 metres distance cautioning
that, anyone who would flout the directive would certainly be dealt with.  

He explained that
the 50-metre land space had been bought by the Authority saying, “therefore any
attempt to sell it is a gross violation of the law and we will drag you to
court to face the necessary sanctions.”

Mr Mensah said
periodically, the Authorities of the Station met with the chiefs to discuss all
security issues regarding the river and presented a report on their operations
to them “and if they have issues, we address them.”     

The Akosombo Hydro
Generating Station, Mr Mensah said, had undergone significant maintenance
including retooling and replacement of weak equipment with modern ones to boost
its capacity.  

In 1989, the
Akosombo Generation Station Retrofit Project was implemented and completed in
2006 which resulted in a significant increment in its capacity by 108MW, from
912MW to 1020MW.    

He called on the
public to maintain confidence in the VRA as the Authority was working
assiduously to ensure that the country had sustainable and reliable power
supply.     

The GNA found out
that work was in progress to increase capacity at the two stations.  

 

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