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Dumsor Is Back! ECG sheds 200MW of power

Head of Policy Unit at ACEP, Dr. Ishmael Ackah said the Volta River Authority owes Nigeria's N-Gas about $180 million, hence gas supply from Nigeria has been suspended.

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The Electricity Company of Ghana is shedding over 200 megawatts of power following the shutdown of the Asogli, Sunom and Siemen thermal units, the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) has said.

Head of Policy Unit at ACEP, Dr. Ishmael Ackah said the Volta River Authority owes Nigeria's N-Gas about $180 million, hence gas supply from Nigeria has been suspended.

According to him, the total supply “will be around 1473MW while demand is around 1708 MW.”

“So we have 220MW deficit so ECG is shedding load of about 200MW today. So any shortage in fuel or plant maintenance or any other shock to the supply system means that we may have to shed load. It may not be as worse as 2015 but there is still some impact we are feeling,” Dr. Ackah told Accra-based television network, TV3.

Ghana has a deal with N-Gas to receive a 120 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas daily.

Several talks have been held between Ghana and the supplier on how the country can pay its long-standing debt.

There are fears that the cut in gas supplies to Ghana will bring back the country into a power crisis that will have effects on businesses and the overall economy.

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