May 22, 2019


Power to be normalized within five days – Amewu

Power to be normalized within five days – Amewu

Ghanaians will have to endure the recent power outages for five more days.

This is according to the Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu who blamed the recent outages on technical challenges and the construction of an interchange at Pokuase in Accra.

Many parts of the country have been hit with widespread blackout twice this week.

Mr. Amewu hopes that the challenges will be rectified within the next five days in order and power distribution will be normalised.

“Definitely because of the construction work that is going on [at Pokuase] there is a need for them [companies in the power distribution chain] to halt the transmission of power for this period. So these are some of the problems they are facing. You can see the progress of work and my expectation is that it is going to be completed within about five days. But we’ve put in measures to minimize the impact. This is one of the major causes of interruptions. The problem has been caused by technical issues,” Amewu assured.

The Minister gave the assurance on Thursday when he toured some electricity substations and facilities connected to the recent outages.

He explained that the outages have been largely technical challenges and not generation of power.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Jonathan Amoako-Baah also assured that measures have been put in place to ensure consistent power supply within the next few days.

“There is enough stock for the generation stations to provide the electricity we need in Ghana. We are having these challenges and difficulties because of the project at Pokuase. There is no dumsor. When we finish this work, we are going to go back to the reliability of supply that we have been used to in the past. So Ghanaians I want you to be rest assured that in a few days when this work is completed we are going to go back to the status quo,” he added.

Ghanaians angry over power outages 
Many parts of the country were hit with a widespread blackout on Tuesday and Wednesday triggering fears of a possible load shedding problem.

A lot of Ghanaians took to social media to express their anger over the darkness.

Earlier reports suggested that Ghana had a 1000MW power generation deficit on Wednesday evening.

Grid shutdowns
This is the fourth time in three years that Ghana has faced a near-total grid shutdown.

It happened in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

In all these instances, the system operator – the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) failed to provide comprehensive reasons for the occurrences to the Ghanaian public.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey & Bobbie Osei | | Ghana

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