General News of Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Source: citi fm

Load shedding until after March - VRA

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has said the current load shedding exercise won't end until after March 2013 when it will have received additional gas supply from Nigeria to boost power generation in the country.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) started a load shedding exercise last year when one of the pipelines of the West African Gas Pipeline was damaged.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, the Head of Public Relations at the VRA, Samuel Fletcher explained that the damaged pipeline will be fixed by March.
He explained that there has been a “delay in fixing the damaged pipeline because after two of the engineers working on the project lost their lives due to an explosion, the authorities of WAPCo decided to fortify the structure to prevent future damages and possible explosions.”
Mr. Fletcher revealed that “by the end of March, they will fix their problem and their operations will start. So when that one starts, it means that we are going to get gas from Nigeria.”
According to him, the VRA is currently experiencing challenges in meeting the energy demand in the country during the peak hours of the day “and so until we get to a place where there is more generation in the system, the situation will remain as it is; it will go on and off.”
He urged the ECG to inform the general public which areas will be experiencing load shedding.