- Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor has revealed that the current closure of the Kwame Nkrumah FPSO will not affect power supply
- The FPSO is documented to be undergoing mandatory and inspection exercises
Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor has discounted claims that the present closure of the Kwame Nkrumah FPSO would result in a chronic load shedding exercise.
Reacting to the ongoing routine maintenance of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah - which has resulted in the shutdown of the thermal plant, John Jinapor argues that all precautionary measures have been put in place to prevent any such occurrence.
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‘The FPSO is currently down, that created an initial deficit of 850 megawatts, 250 from Ameri, 300 from TAFCO units and 300 from the TICO units. However, in anticipation of the shutdown, we made adequate provision to procure crude oil. Indeed, we made provision and placed order for almost one million barrels of crude oil. We have discharged about 450 in Tema, and we intend to spend another 450 thousand in Takoradi today. And so our plan is to switch all dual fuel thermal plants within the Aboadzi enclave on light crude oil. And let me say that is the process. So far indication is that one unit is been successfully switched and today they are working on the other units. So barring any unforeseen circumstances, if we are able to switch all the units, we should be fine and we should have no problem,’ he stated.
The FPSO Kwame Nkrumah was shut down yesterday, March 20 to undergo mandatory inspection and maintenance works for two weeks.
Meanwhile the Volta River Authority (VRA) is noted to have purchased enough light crude oil to power some of the thermal plants within the Aboadze power enclave in the Western Region.