William Amuna, the chief executive officer of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) has urged the general public to bear with his outfit as they work to resolve the current power challenges.
He made the appeal in an interview with the Daily Graphic where he explained that light crude oil to power the thermal plants at Aboadze and the Tema power enclaves was still being treated and was expected to be completed by Monday which will increase power supply.
Last week Thursday, the Volta River Authority (VRA) took delivery of 400,000 barrels of light crude oil to power thermal plants in the Aboadze power enclave in Takoradi in the Western Region following inadequate gas supply from Ghana Gas.
Amuna said power supply was expected to improve by 450 megawatts (MW) after the delivery of the crude oil but the situation did not improve.
He explained that to ensure the effective use of the crude oil, the VRA needed to drain and treat the fuel before usage and that would take some time.
He said: “The crude oil cannot be used directly. It has to be left for two to three days to enable it to settle, then use another two to three days again to remove water that may be in it.
“After that, it will be treated to remove substances that can damage the unit. The whole process takes close to 10 days and at every stage you test to be sure of the fuel quality.”
The boss of GRIDCO who doubles as the chairman of the load-shedding management committee said they have a challenge and was resolving it but the process takes a while.
Power consumers seem to be facing worsening power situation as the blackout intensifies with many entertaining fears that the nation is gradually creeping back into the load shedding era of erratic power supply.