Dumsor in Ghana
The load management committee of the power sector has announced that Ghana is facing irregular blackouts because there is a lack of natural gas to power thermal plants.
Since start of the week some parts of the country have been experiencing disruption to electricity supply.
According to William Amuna, the chairman of the Load Management Committee “the irregular disruptions have occurred because of the challenges in generation resulting from continuing absence of natural gas supply due to the extension of the maintenance works on the FPSO and persistent under-delivery of gas from Nigeria.
The development caused the inability to generate and leave power from about 100 MW of installed generation capacity which can only run on natural gas; the situation has been compounded by a technical hitch in the conversion of the Aboadze dual-fired TAPCO plant to run on crude oil arising from the shutdown.
The statement continued the maintenance works on the FPSO, initially programmed for completion at the end of March 2016 has now been scheduled again for completion in the last week of April 2016. At the same time, supply from Nigeria has remained at around 10% of contracted volume of 120 mmscf for more than a month now.
The load management committee guaranteed that the current interruptions are temporary, which engineers from the utility companies continue to “work around the clock to keep disruptions to the barest minimum and restore full supply to customers as soon as gas delivery resumes.
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