Ghana has signed a $60 million loan deal with South Korea to enable construction of a 185-kilometre-long 330kV power transmission line. The loan is to be financed by the Export-Import Bank of Korea and will be built by South Korean firms, GS Engineering & Construction and Samsung C&T. The new transmission line will run from Prestea to Kumasi and will further improve the connection between the southern and northern regions of Ghana.
The country’s transmission network is largely composed of the lower 161kV transmission lines, which are inefficient to transmit large amounts of power to the Northern region, often resulting in power cuts when overloaded. The new line is part of a larger plan to build a 330kV transmission line to Bolgatanga in the Upper East region, passing through Techiman, Kintampo, Buipe, Tamale and Walewale. The new line is expected to replace the existing 161kV line and enable delivery of more power to the northern region of the country. Furthermore, it could serve as a channel for power exports to Burkina Faso through a proposed 225kV line. The first phase to be developed by the South Korean firms is expected to start construction later this year