The power crisis that has engulfed the country has worsened over the past week due to a shortfall of between 400 and 600 megawatts (MW) in power generation.
As a result, the initial load-shedding timetable designed to shed between 300MW and 400MW of power and which allowed consumers to enjoy 24 hours of power and 12 hours of power outage can no longer be followed.
According to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the erratic power supply, also known as “dumsor”, being experienced by consumers in recent times was mainly due to generation challenges.
Although the country is already undergoing load shedding, the situation has worsened since last weekend when some parts of the country experienced erratic blackouts.
In an interview, the Public Relations Manager of the ECG, Mr. William Boateng, told the Daily Graphic that the company was currently not following any timetable because the quantum of power received from source was not consistent.
He said the producers of power had challenges which made it difficult for them to give the ECG the precise quantum of power to shed at a time.
“Sometimes we are told to shed an amount of power, but in the next few hours or minutes we are told to increase the power we are to manage when there is a sudden shortfall.
“ Also, when the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) Limited realises that there is a drop in generation, it sometimes knocks some of the ECG machines off or we have to knock some areas off to save the whole system from collapsing.
“The system is such that when there is a sudden shortfall in generation and you do not switch off some areas, the whole system will collapse, and so to save the system, we have to switch it off any time the need arises,” he explained.