The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) say they are unable to give a proper working load shedding timetable to enable Ghanaians plan their lives.
Ghanaians have been experiencing severe and worsening ‘dumsor’ the past weeks. According to the Finder Newspaper an official of the ECG who spoke on anonymity said that GRIDCo and ECG can only produce a timetable when the situation normalizes.
Ghana is currently struggling with a massive shortfall of between 500 and 600 megawatts in power generation.
A Finder newspaper report suggested that the N-Gas of Nigeria reduced gas supplied through the West Gas Pipeline Project from 120 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to an average of 35 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
“Ever since this happened, dumsor has become unpredictable that it is difficult for people to plan their lives. Severity of dumsor For most parts of Accra, ECG supplies power for 12 hours and puts off the power for 24 hours. There are many other areas where consumers enjoy power for just two hours and endure power cut for over 36 hours,” the Finder report noted.
ECG sheds 530 MW today
Meanwhile the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is shedding a total of 530 megawatts of power today [Tuesday].
This follows the Ghana Grid Company’s (GRIDCo) request to ECG. A statement from the ECG said the action is due to “insufficient power generation.”
Below is the full statement:
PEAK LOAD RELIEF REQUEST FROM GRIDCo
Date: 24/11/15 ____________________________
ECG is to undertake 530MW load relief between 18:00hrs and 06:00hrs due to insufficient power generation, the regions should therefore shed load as follows:
Group A is coming ON
Group B is going OFF
Group C is going 24hrs