No load shedding as Ghana Gas shutsdown – VRA, GRIDCo & ECG

26 January 2017

No load shedding as Ghana Gas shutsdown – VRA, GRIDCo & ECG

Power providers [Volta River Authority(VRA), GRIDCo and the Electricity Company of Ghana(ECG)] in the country have, rejected suggestions, that the planned shutdown of the Ghana Gas Company will result in power crises which wil lead to load shedding.

According to the VRA, GRIDCo and ECG, a plan has been put in place to generate additional power from Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric plants, and also from the Tema and Kpone thermal plants which operate on light crude oil (LCO) and diesel respectively.,

There is also going to be imports from Cote d’Ivoire which will be purchased to make up for the supply deficit that will be created by the shutdown.

In a press statement copied to the thebftonline.com, the power companies will also “some of the thermal units at Aboadze that have been shut down for planned maintenance would be returned into service during this period.’’

The statement further explained that, it was important to allow for the the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) to undergo its planned maintenance and also allow for the connection and commissioning of the gas pipeline system and other equipment from the TEN fields to the Atuabo processing plant from 3rd to 20th February, 2017.

The connection of the TEN fields to the Atuabo plant according to the power providers is also critical as it will significantly increase the amount of natural gas to run the power generating facilities at Aboadze and improve the overall reliability of power supply to the general public, the statement said.

The VRA, GRIDCo and ECG, therefore in their statement took the opportunity to ‘‘assure electricity consumers and the general public that the power situation will be managed in the most efficient manner during this period to address the anticipated challenges in power supply. ’’

Source: Business and Financial Times