General News of Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Managers of the country’s electricity, according to reports, are struggling to end the current load-shedding which has become necessary as a result of the short supply of gas to enable them produce sufficient electricity.
The ongoing load-shedding is the result of a damage to a section of the West African Gas Pipeline in Togo by the anchor of a ship.
Due to the damage, the Sunon Asogli Power Plant is unable to generate power to augment the country’s power supply because of the unavailability of gas.
The Deputy Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority (VRA) Maxwell Odoom told the media Monday that Ghana has reduced its power supply to Benin and Togo by 70 percent due to the situation.
He also disclosed that, authorities “have reverted to using crude oil in power generation in place of gas. This we anticipate will take a while but we have been reliably informed by the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) that there is a vessel that is on its way from Gabon to Lome (Togo) to inspect what the damage to the pipe line is and then try to fix it.”
The vessel, Mr Odoom said, will reach Lome, Togo within the next 24 hours but could not determine how soon the fault will be fixed.
Even though Ivory Coast is supplying 50megawatts of power to ameliorate the situation, Mr Charles Darku, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) is advocating private sector participation and expansion as a permanent solution to the problem.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, commenting on the situation, said the country was not able to meet a deficit of 180megawatts of power due to the damage of the pipeline.
He said if attempts to fix the situation succeed, consumers should expect a normalcy in electricity supply by October.