The Energy Ministry has debunked claims made by the Minority in Parliament and has attributed the causes of the intermittent power outages in parts of the country to five main reasons.
The Ministry in a response to the Minority in Parliament’s statement said “For the record, there has been no nationwide load shedding in the country, neither has there been an attempt to embark on one because there is no need to. Some of the projects ongoing in Accra and Kasoa, for example, will require outages for some days. The Pokuase timetable is out, starting from May 10 to May 17th, 2021. That of Kasoa is yet to be published and shall be released at the appropriate time when the necessary arrangements and consultations with the relevant stakeholders have taken place.”
“The only reason these outages are being carried is to allow for the contractors to tie in their works into the existing transmission lines. It is therefore false to claim, as the Minority in Parliament has, that political pressure has been brought to bear on the publishing of a load shedding timetable,” the statement added.
Furthermore, the Ministry attributed the “intermittent outages in parts of the country” to the following;
- Feeder outages in Kumasi arising from low water levels in the Bui Dam enclave. Bui is a peaking plant for transmission services to Ashanti, Bono regions, and the Northern parts of Ghana. Bui is crucial, in that it is able to energise the low voltages in power being supplied from the south into Ashanti and the north).
- Prestea-Obuasi Transmission line trips, leading to a total system shutdown (the line that tripped affected other adjacent lines. This curtailed supply and caused a system shutdown).
- Gas flow challenges upstream — arising from challenges in the WAPCo supply line.
- Gas Compressor faults reported by Ghana Gas.
- Localised outages within the distribution chain.
The Ministry however assured the public that measures have been put in place by the Government of Ghana and its partners such as MCC, Siemens, and AFD to create stable power supply for the country.
Below is the full rejoinder from the Energy Ministry. Click on download.