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Gov’t to generate over 5% more power than needed

Jan. 14, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Ghana will produce up to 5.6 percent more power than required this year. That is the assurance coming from the Power Ministry.

Ghana’s four-year-long crisis has led to the shutdown of businesses across the country. Supply is currently stable.

At a press conference in Accra Wednesday, CEO of bulk power distributor GRIDCO, William Amuna noted that the country’s projected peak demand for 2016 is 2477, which he said is equivalent to combined consumption in all the countries to the west of Ghana in West Africa.

This, he said, demonstrates how far the country has improved access to electricity with coverage of about 80 percent.

However, his fear is that the current system would be strained if any of the units goes down for maintenance.

But Mr. Amuna is confident Ghana would have enough generation should all the production plants come on stream.

He also remarked that Akosombo, the biggest hydro plant, is not running more than three of the six units, explaining why the country can no longer rely on hydro power in 2016. Thermal is the way to go now, he maintained.

Deputy Power Minister John Jinapor reiterated that the country is currently producing enough power to meet demand, but the ministry cannot say load shedding is over.

He said the load management team has not yet been disbanded so that they can work at getting enough reserve to forestall any setback should any of the plants goes down.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)