Power supply in Ghana Ghana imports Easter power from Ivory Coast

Officials of Volta River Authority and the power ministry were in Ivory Coast over the weekend to negotiate for extra power supply.

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Ghana is to import power form Ivory Coast to augment its power supply following the shutdown of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah and reduction in gas supply from the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo).

Officials of Volta River Authority (VRA) and the power ministry were in Ivory Coast over the weekend to negotiate for extra power supply.

The Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Kirk Coffie, said Ivory Coast is willing to help and that over the weekend, they gave Ghana enough power. He added that they will also supply power to Ghana weekdays during off peak periods.

“I was in Ivory Coast with the Deputy Minister of Power, Jinapor and the Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo to talk to them for some extra supply. They were willing and over the weekend they are able to give us enough and weekdays off peak they are able to also give us, he said on Citi FM.

Touching on thermal plants, Mr. Coffie said adequate preparations have been made to buy crude oil, adding that the country has a million barrels of oil to be discharged to the various thermal plants to power it.

“We have made the adequate preparations to buy crude oil…We got almost a million barrels…We discharged 300,000 barrels for our plants in Tema and we are on our way to discharge 400,000 barrels in Takoradi. The extra 200 will be discharged again in Tema,” he said.

Tullow Ghana declared force majeure on two cargoes of Ghana's Jubilee crude oil after an issue on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility that exports the oil.

"We have deferred two liftings at Jubilee while we implement new operating procedures for off-take from the FPSO," the company said in a statement.

Prior to Tullow's statement, the FPSO was scheduled to undergo a two-week maintenance on March 20.

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Ghana Grid Company on Sunday said power supply to Ghanaian consumers will be affected for a few days following the vandalism of some pipelines of WAPCo in Nigeria.

A statement signed by the Chief Executive of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Mr. William Amuna said gas flow from the WAPCo pipeline has reduced to only 6mscf from the contracted volume of 120mscf.

According to the statement, “engineers have commenced the process of converting all dual fuel thermal plants to run on Light Crude Oil to mitigate the challenge emanating from the setback.”

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