Explainer: Why Ghanaians are to expect a looming power crisis

Explainer: Why Ghanaians are to expect a looming power crisis

Ghanaians may be witnessing another power crisis very soon as the country’s power producers struggle to meet up with increasing demand.

There’s been frequent, unannounced power outages in almost every part of the capital over the last couple of weeks.

It is a situation that has frustrated citizens, especially for those who require power to run their businesses and other stuff.

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YEN.com.gh can report that as it stands, the country’s power producers are unable to produce enough to meet the peak demand of 2,700 MW. 

Currently, there’s a generation deficit of more than 600 Megawatts, forcing distributors to ration power in parts of Accra where demand is highest. 

Per the figures available to YEN, Karpower which has a capacity of 450 MW is producing 16MW, Aksa with a capacity of 360 MW is producing 45MW and AMERI with a capacity of 250MW is currently producing195.32M.

Meanwhile, Joy News is also reporting that Akosombo is also running just two of its six turbines at 500 MW, while Bui is producing 3.2 MW out of its 400 MW capacity at the moment.

Most of the power companies are also reportedly heavily indebted and face closing down if their debts are not cleared sooner.

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Also, the Chamber of Independent Power Producers and Bulk consumers (CIPDIB) has warned that if some $700 million debt owed its members is not paid in eight days, it will plunge Ghana into darkness. 

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Source: Yen

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