PDS reports progress in first 4months of operation
PDS OPERATING PERFORMANCE (MAR-JULY2019)
In the first four (4) months of PDS operations in the Southern Distribution Zone of Ghana, the following operational improvements have been realised:
1. The average number of power outages a customer experienced from March to June 2019 is 18.43 times, a 20.5% improvement over the same period in 2018 where a customer experienced 5 more power outages.
2. The average duration of power outage a customer experienced from March to June 2019 is 17.26 hours, a 30.6% improvement over the same period in 2018 where a customer experienced additional 8 hours of power outage.
3. Power purchased by PDS increased by 5.29% compared to the same period last year when it was still under ECG.
4. Energy sales (in GWh) increased by 1.32% compared to the same period last year. It is also during this period when it was discovered that energy sales are being affected by a negative energy sale caused by excessive bill estimation thwarting any supposed growth as a result of increased power purchased by PDS.
5. Revenue collection increased by 4.87% to GHS1.86 Billion from March to June 2019 compared to the same period last year.
6. OUTSTANDING DEBT
In 5 months of operations, ECG’s outstanding debt of about GHC3.3billion which has steadily been increasing over the past 3 years has been reduced
by over GHC1billion, an unprecedented feat. PDS instituted Task-force teams for commercial and technical loss reduction to manage and reduce system losses of the distribution system and to develop an integrated and comprehensive System
Loss Reduction Plan.
PDS has also setup another Task-force for unplanned outage reduction to develop and implement quick-win strategies and programmes to reduce the frequency and duration of unplanned outages caused by faults in the Sub-transmission and Distribution system. All these have been achieved with a reduced staff strength due to the retention of some staff by ECG.