General News of Thursday, 12 June 2014
Minority Spokesperson on Energy, K.T Hammond says he is not surprised at the reported closure of the Bui dam and expects the ongoing load shedding exercise to continue for a longer period.
The Bui Power Authority had to halt operations at the dam due to the low quantity of the water in the dam’s reservoir.
According to the BPA, this measure is to ensure the turbines running at the dam were protected from any further damage.
This is why the Minority Spokesperson on energy is predicting a prolonged load shedding exercise.
According to Mr Hammond, the reduction in generation capacity at the Bui dam means “we are going to have double dose of the “Dumsor-Dumsor”.
He further revealed that the shutdown was expected and that “it was not even the short-term or mid-term”.
He, however, encouraged government to handle the situation properly or risk the energy system in the country collapsing.
Ghana’s energy demand currently stands at over 2000 megawatts (MW) and this figure according to the energy minister, is expected to increase to 2200 this year.