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Contradiction: Loadshedding is not over- GRIDCO Boss

The Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo, William Amuna has stated that erratic power supply in the country is not over yet, saying the load shedding exercise has not been suspended.

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Ghanaians are confused as to whether or the three year- protracted load shedding exercise has truely ended as declared by the Power Ministry on Wednesday afternoon.

This is due to a rather contradictory interview granted to a Kumasi based radio station, Ultimate 106.9 FM by the head of power transmitters, the Ghana Grid Company in which he said the loadshedding exercise was not completely over, only for the power Ministry to release a statement shortly after that the loadshedding has ended.

The Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo, William Amuna has stated that erratic power supply in the country is not over yet, saying the load shedding exercise has not been suspended.

‘I wouldn’t say the load shedding exercise is over but now we have enough generation to supply to the whole of Ghana, and we want to make sure that we maintain that,’ he said.

According to him, power was not shed during the yuletides, adding that there is enough power generation to man the demand.

 ‘As you may realise since the 24 December, 2015 we have not been shedding load, this is because, we had enough generation to man the demand that we have now,’ he stated.

Mr. Amuna hinted that an additional 50megawatts of generation will be brought into the country.

‘On the 31 December 2015 tomorrow, mid night we are bringing in additional 50megawatts and by 15 January we will have 100 megawatts, we are building up,’ he revealed.

Touching on projection of projection of power, he further assured that Ghanaians will only sleep in darkness if generators break down.

 ‘If we don’t have any faults with any generator in the system then we are assured that it can take us to the next barge of generators that will be brought into the system,’ he said.

Asked if there are preventive mechanisms to ensure that these generators do not go off, he explained that these are machines they operate at very high temperatures 1,500 degrees, anything could happen at anytime.

‘In the mean time, we have some generators that will be coming up very soon, by mid January we expect an additional 1,50 megawatts at least to add to what we have now. If that comes off stream we are more assured of availability of power,’ he indicated.

The CEO of GRIDCo emphasised that it’s important that all the generators that have come on stream lately are always on.

 ‘Introduction of  Karpower shifts, commissioning of Tico steam unit, Volta River Authority (VRA) steam unit coming on that was out for some time and its back into service, with all these additions we are assured of supplying power to everybody in Ghana. So it’s very important to ensure that the generators are always on. With GRIDCO, assuming we are generating close to about 1,800 mega watts, that is the demand in Ghana. Now the generators around just match the demand, assuming one generator goes off now under fault, that means we are going to shed load,’ he said.

He anticipated that the country needs 18% of power generation reserve.

‘What we normally do is we always want you to have enough generation and an additional 18% in reserve, from our calculations we need an additional 18% in reserve to be able to confirm that if one generator goes off, then we are able to supply to everybody,’ he envisaged.

He disclosed that Akosombo power plant is running on a low level because it’s cannot meet the demand.

He encouraged Ghanaians to conserve energy, observing that people misused power during the yuletide.

‘Since 24 December, 2015 I have been  round and you could see the clear misuse of power, I couldn’t sleep in my house because people were playing music at the loudest point you can ever had. Let’s educate our people to use electricity wisely so that we can supply power to everybody,’ he urged.

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