No ‘dumsor’ soon- Power producers declare

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister designate for Food and AgriculturePower producers and suppliers in the country have dismissed speculations that the country could soon be plunged back into power outages, popularly referred to as ‘dumsor’.

A planned shutdown by the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) for maintenance and other works in February, expected to result in a generation shortfall of 230MW from the AMERI plant whose operations depend solely on gas supply from the GNGC, has fueled speculative publications of a coming crisis, locally catcalled ‘dumsor’.

But a joint statement on power supply arrangements for February 2017 by the Volta River Authority (VRA), the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), said “adequate measures to mitigate the impact of the shortfall have been put in place”.

The measures, according to the statement, included plans to generate additional power from the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric plants as well as the Tema and Kpone thermal plants which operate on light crude oil (LCO) and diesel respectively.
It said imports from Cote d’Ivoire would be purchased to make up for the supply deficit.

Additionally, some of the thermal units at Aboadze that have been shut down for planned maintenance, the statement said would be returned into service during the period.

The planned shutdown of GNGC was also to allow for the connection and commissioning of the gas pipeline system and other equipment from the TEN fields to the Atuabo processing plant from February 3-20, 2017.

The statement said “the connection of the TEN fields to the Atuabo plant was critical as it would significantly increase the amount of natural gas to run the power generating facilities at Aboadze and improve the overall reliability of power supply to the general public”.

“We take this opportunity to assure electricity consumers and the general public that the power situation will be managed in the most efficient manner during this period to address the anticipated challenges in power supply“, the statement assured.

 

By Times Reporter

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