The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah has announced that the country will in the coming days experience a barrage of intermittent power outages owing to ongoing projects across the length and breadth of the country.
He made this known in a statement issued on Monday, March 15. He explained that even though the country had enough capacity more than the current demands, works on the Pokuase and Kasoa substation as well as other transmission line works in various points in the country will account for continuous power outages around the country.
“Ghana’s system peak demand is close to 3,200MW with an installed capacity of 5,300MW – this means there’s enough capacity to more than meet demand.
‘Some intermittent outages are to be expected on the grid in the coming months due to ongoing projects, there is a general willingness and commitment by all stakeholders in the sector to work fervently to reduce the impact it will have on customers in the country.”
‘GRIDCo and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), in partnership with the firms working on the key projects, will in the coming weeks inform the public on the outage plans required for completion of the respective works in good time.’
‘While acknowledging recent power outages across various parts of the country he assured the citizenry that ‘Dumsor’ – the perennial power outages was not coming back.
“Indeed, the nature of the power system value chain, makes that impossible. As a crucial part of the entire value chain, overseeing matters on the transmission aspect of the process, GRIDCo wants to assure the country and all related stakeholders that none of the key participants in the value chain is resting on their oars, in an effort to maintain stability, accessibility, consistency and reliability of power supply at all times
By: Edwin Abanga