As part of Part of Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)’s Compact II Program, SMEC’s teams in Ghana recently inaugurated two energy assets which will supply adequate and reliable power to the nation’s capital.

The program comprises 12 projects seeking to address the country’s energy sector supply challenges.

As Compact II’s program management consultant, we were proud to hand over two of these projects—a new meter management system, and a bulk supply point substation—to their beneficiary, Electricity Company of Ghana.

Nation’s largest bulk supply point substation

Led by Jose Fernandes, Regional Manager – West Africa, SMEC’s team attended the Ghana Power Compact Pokuase Bulk Supply Point Project launch on 20 October 2021. The Pokuase 330/33 Kv project is the largest and most technologically advanced substation in the country.

Prior to the Pokuase project, the system needed immediate relief. Four overloaded bulk points supplied Electricity Company of Ghana’s existing power distribution system, leading to frequent outages and low voltages across Greater Accra.

“My team was proud to provide engineering design, project management, and technical expertise in construction and implementation to deliver a project set to significantly improve energy capacity, stability, and reliability in part of Accra, Ghana’s capital,” said Jose.

Customer-centric meter management

Delivering another Compact II Program project, SMEC recently inaugurated an open protocol, electricity meter management system, which we designed; supplied; delivered; installed; configured; and commissioned.

Designed to integrate with Electricity Company of Ghana’s smart pre-paid metering platform and enhance customer experience, the new, centralised platform ensures customers can purchase prepaid credit from any connected vending device, anywhere in the world, via a user-friendly customer web portal.

Set to reduce operations and maintenance costs, the new system lends itself to becoming a centralised system in detecting and reporting electricity theft and illegal connections, while facilitating revenue protection.

With a capacity of 3 million meters, the new meter management comprises numerous metering software sub systems; 17 servers; 38 virtual servers; 40 portable point-of-sale devices; and two online regional control centres.