Ghanaian energy crisis ‘to continue’

Image source: Eluterius/stock.xchng.Image source: Eluterius/stock.xchng.The National Electricity Company of Ghana has announced that the country’s power crisis looks set to continue until January 2013

The disruption of Ghana’s gas supply from the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) and the closure of one of its power plants at Sunon Asogli has led to widespread load shedding of electricity supplies to parts of the country.

Tetteh Okine, director of operations at the National Electricity Company of Ghana, was quoted by the Daily Trust that the power supply in the country could only be stabilised after the WAPCo pipeline had been repaired.

Ghanaian energy minister, Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei, said in September that the nation was currently experiencing a daily 300 MW power generation deficit due to the damaged pipelines.

Oteng-Adjei had assured that power rationing would end by October but this has been cast into doubt by Okine.

"The gas pipeline is still out of works so the production of gas is still out,” he said.

“I have heard that the West African Gas Pipeline Company says they will finish the work in December.

“So if that is when they will finish the work then that is when we will get generation from gas, which means the load shedding will continue till that time.”

Meanwhile, WAPCo announced recently that restoration work on its damaged facility at Lome had begun.

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