ECG blames power cuts on challenges with gas supply from Nigeria

ECG blames power cuts on challenges with gas supply from Nigeria

The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Samuel Dubik Mahama, has said challenges with gas supply from Nigeria caused the recent power cuts.
He told journalists that “We pick gas from Nigeria and they’ve been having some challenges so it affected the gas flow through the power plants in Ghana.
“We had some massive load pressure so we had to take steps to shed some load immediately because we didn’t have access to some liquid fuels so that is what led to the outages that happened two days ago.”
The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) earlier apologized to Ghanaians who suffered from the challenges.
Recently, some parts of the country especially Accra experienced power cuts.
Head of Corporate  Communications  at GRIDCo, Dzifa Bampoh said the situation was a result of a generational challenge that is out of the control of GRIDCo
Speaking on News 360 on TV3 Wednesday, May 10, Dzifa Bampoh said “Sincerely, we apologize for the erratic power supply that many Ghanaians may have suffered for the last couple of days.”
She added “GRIDCo is a transmitter and we are not a generator however, we do have a view of what the generation is like, that is the generation coming from our power plants whether they are hydro or they are thermal or they are solar.
“Unfortunately, there has been a shortfall in generation capacity, meaning we have not been able to generate as much power as Ghanaians demand.
“That is out of the control of GRIDCo and it is partly because we don’t have enough gas coming in to power some of these plants. That is why we had some intermittent power supply, so there is no load-shedding.
“What has happened is, on some occasions, gas supply has been low and as a result, we have had to reduce supply to ECG.”

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