General News of Thursday, 27 February 2020
Government is urging power consumers to ignore claims that dumsor is back due to the recent frequent power cuts in parts of the country over the past weeks.
Deputy Minister for Energy William Owuraku Aidoo in explaining the situation said the frequent power cuts are caused by the ongoing repair works on the gas pipeline from Nigeria to Ghana which is almost complete and power supply will return to normal by next week.
“This is going to be for just a few more days, and we will come to normal… It is not as people have been saying that ‘dumsor’ is back and we’ve gone back to the bad old days again, no. This is work that needed to be done to ensure the integrity of the pipeline and gas supply to our generators. We apologize for the inconvenience, the engineers are working” he told some media platforms on Wednesday.
Mr Owuraku was reacting to a statement by the Minority requesting for a load shedding time table due to the power outages.
But the Deputy Minister stated that prior notice was given to the public on January 18, 19 and 20 on the scheduled major works on the pipeline.
“We did take steps to try and reduce to the barest minimum the interruptions in the power supply because we shouldn’t forget that Ghana, of course, we have our own indigenous gas that we can flow from the west to the east, but unfortunately because of this work, the gas from the west to the east, that is from Takoradi to the Tema enclave could not also be supplied,” Mr. Aidoo added.
He gave the assurance that gas will be introduced through the Tema end of the pipeline and supply will come back to normal once the repair works are done.
According to the Deputy Minister, a back-up arrangement to ensure the public did not suffer the impact of the exercise, hit a snag after some power plants expected to generate about 400 megawatts, went off.
“The Kpone Thermal Plant, we’ve lost one of the generators, which is giving us something in the region of 100 megawatts. We have also lost the TICO Plant [Takoradi International Plant], we’ve lost parts of it as well, which were not foreseen. We made all these plans and unfortunately this has happened. Cenpower also, we were taking 180, a combination of 360, one turbine is gone off losing 180 so when we combine these unforeseen generators that have gone off…right now we are losing something in the region of between 100 and 200 megawatts.”
“So I’ll apologise once again on behalf of the Ministry of Energy that we will come back to normal. It is not as people have been saying that ‘dumsor’ is back and we’ve gone back to the bad old days again, no. This is work that needed to be done to ensure the integrity of the pipeline and gas supply to our generators.”