Minister orders cut in load shedding

•   Dr. Kwabena Donkor, Minister of Power

• Dr. Kwabena Donkor, Minister of Power

The Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, has directed the Load Management Commit-tee to reduce the load currently being shed to the industrial sector with immediate effect.

A statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs at the ministry, Kweku Sersah-Johnson, said the minister had ordered that the load shedding to the sector should be reduced from 130 megawatts to 100 megawatts.

It attributed the 30 megawatts reduction in the load shedding to an improvement in the electricity supply situation in the country.

“The ministry is keeping a close eye on developments in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and will soon announce further changes as and when necessary,” it said.

The statement noted that unlike previous power crises, the current power crisis had lasted for more than three years, although it had started to show some signs of improvement.

In the past, the situation was attributed to low water levels in the country’s hydro dams but now, the country is not only dependent on hydro but also thermal, that is, Aboadze, Tema, Sunon Asogli, and the CENIT Power Plant.

Several reasons have been ascribed to the crisis, including the rupturing of the West African Gas Pipelines, which supply gas from Nigeria to fuel the thermal plants, by a ship’s anchor, and low water levels in the hydro dams.

However, the West African Gas Pipelines have been fixed while the water level in the hydro dams has also improved leading to a gradual improvement in power supply to consumers.

By Times Reporter

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