Power Crisis Over In May … Energy Ministry assures nation

SONY DSCThe power crisis that the nation has been suffering from, will come to an end in May next year, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has announced.

Mr. John Jinapor, the Deputy Minister, who represented the substantive minister in Parliament yesterday, to respond to questions on the crisis in the power sector, said the government was working hard to bridge the deficit in power generation.

He said the country’s power generators would have all their plants, shut down for planned and unplanned maintenance, and would be back on stream as soon as possible to reduce the shortfalls in power generation.

He said the government was expecting 110 megawatts of power by the end of the year, following the completion of the TICO expansion project.

“The Kpong Thermal Power Project with the capacity to produce 220 megawatts of power would be available in the first quarter of 2015,” he said.

Mr. Jinapor said that the government had engaged  a power ship with the capacity to produce 450 megawatts, and expressed the government’s commitment to resolve the challenges next year.

“Government is also in talks with independent power producers to construct more plants. With the coming on stream of the Atuabo Gas Project and the West Africa Gas Pipeline, government is confident the deficit in power generation will be reduced to the minimum, if not eliminated,” he said.

In another development, the House continued its debate on the 2015 Budget Statement and Financial Policy of the government presented by the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, last week.

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