Ghanaians may have to start bracing themselves for unpopular power outages, widely referred to as “dumsor,” as the power sector is on the verge of losing 600 megawatts (MW) of generation by February 3, 2017 due to a complex web of financial obligations and other challenges confronting the national generator, the Volta River Authority (VRA).
According to Daily Graphic, the power supply deficit is occurring mainly at the Aboadze power enclave in the Western Region.
The paper has also reported that as of the close of last week, the VRA’s Takoradi Thermal Plant Stations (TAPCO 1&2) were already down with 330MW of power, as the contractor for its long-term service agreement (LTSA) refused to carry out major inspection to demand the payment of a $2 million debt owed it.
That aside, the Takoradi International Company (TICO) is also going through challenges, leading to the reduction of power output from 330MW to 155MW currently.
A third generator, T3, has not been operational for several years now.
This leaves only one plant, AMERI, which is designed to use only gas.
This means that from February 3, 2017 when the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant will not receive natural gas from the Jubilee Field for at least 15 days, that plant cannot also contribute any generation to the national electricity grid.
A letter from the Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Mr Kirk Coffie also warned of the impending return to dumsor in January.
The letter, which was copied to the CEOs of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), warned them of the possible return of dumsor from this month.