Power Crisis ACEP against second Karpowership

Executive Director for Business Development at Karpower Zeynep Harezi in March confirmed the second powership could arrive in the country by September, 2016 and was 70% complete at the time.

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ACEP against second Karpowership play

ACEP against second Karpowership

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Energy policy think tank , Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) is demanding a reversal of government's decision to bring in the second  225 megawatts Karpowership scheduled to arrive in the next two months.

Executive Director for Business Development at Karpower Zeynep Harezi in March confirmed the second powership could arrive in the country by September, 2016 and was 70% complete at the time.

According to the policy think tank , the current erratic power supply across the country confirms concerns that the more than 3 year power crisis that has rocked the country is more a financial and fuel   supply issue than a capacity one.

"We don't need the second karpowership. For what ?" , the deputy executive director of ACEP Ben Boakye quizzed .

The first power barge that arrived in Ghana late 2015 has been adding some 225 megawatts to the national grid since December 18, helping meet the power demand estimated to be increasing  between 10 and 12% annually.

However after  close to 5 months of relatively stable power supply the country has been experience intermittent power cuts due to challenges with generation.

N Gas of Nigeria has cut gas supply to Ghana to help feed the Asogli and Siemens thermal plants knocking off  close to 300 megawatts from the national grid . This is due to the country's continued indebtedness to the company and the West African gas pipeline company (transporters of the gas).

According to reports the electricity company of ghana and the Ghana Grid Company has been shedding between 200 and 300 megawatts in the last few weeks despite government's refusal to sanction the release of  loads shedding timetable .

Acep says Ghana's failure to secure enough fuel for the thermal plants is to blame for the current power challenges and so it makes no sense for government to continue concentrating on expanding the country's genrational capacity.

Ben Boakye insists these independent power producers we are bringing into the country have within their contracts capacity charges and so we pay for the contracted megawatts whether we produce power from their machines or not .

"We are being short changes . Government must adress the financial and fuel supply issues and the 2 Karpower won't help in that direction" , he stated


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