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Power Supply in Ghana Power Ministry explains cause of power interruptions

The statement, signed and issued in Accra by the deputy power minister, Abu Jinapor, said the interruption in supply is due to "temporary difficulties.

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The Ministry of Power has in a statement explained the recent cause of power interruptions in the country.

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The statement, signed and issued in Accra by the deputy power minister, Abu Jinapor, said the interruption in power supply is due to "temporary difficulties" occasioned by the following:

a.Delay in the supply of light crude as a result of force majeure caused by unprecedented vandalism of major pipelines and five terminals in Nigeria.

The contracted supplier has, however, assured that it is pursuing all necessary measures to deliver crude in the shortest possible time

 b.Non-availability of gas from the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP). This has led to a switch from gas to light crude as fuel to fire a number of thermal plants, which has resulted in a stretch of the consumption rate to conserve the limited stock

c.The Akosombo Dam is at a record low. This has limited the amount of electricity generated from the plant. The Ministry expects the situation to return to normal very shortly owing to contingency measures adopted to procure adequate quantities of fuel to generate enough power. Additionally, efforts are underway by BOST to secure strategic reserves of fuel to mitigate any future emergencies.

 

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Touching on the tariff subsidy, the ministry clarified an earlier statement by the Electricity Company of Ghana in which it said it was implementing government subsidy to cushion Ghanaians.

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"The Ministry has also noted varying commentary on the rationalization of lifeline tariffs and wishes to state that it has become necessary to carry out this re-alignment to ensure equity and fairness in the benefits of the lifeline tariff," the statement said.

According to the statement, following extensive consultation amongst the power sector stakeholders, the electricity billing system has been realigned and all anomalies corrected. Consequently, customers of ECG and NEDCO are expected to enjoy some relief in the amount paid for electricity consumption.

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A new ‘reckoner’ which brings clarity and better understanding of the billing system is being published by the utility companies, the statement added.

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