Residents of Accra, Kumasi and other major cities in Ghana have enjoyed constant supply of electricity for the past one week.
Although, there have been some localized power outages witnessed in some parts of Accra, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ministry of Power are working around the clock to ensure that they bring an end to the more than three years of power crisis in the country.
Ghana’s Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor insisted that and his ministry, together with government is working tirelessly to bring the situation to an end.
Dr Donkor made news earlier in the year when he said that he will resign from his position if he is unable to end the power crisis by the end of the year.
He has been heavily criticized for failing to handle the situation as the crisis seems to have worsened, crippling many businesses and forcing others to lay off their workers in order to cut cost.
However, briefing Parliament’s Assurances Committee on progress made so far with regards to the power crisis, Dr Donkor said he still stands by his promise but a two-week extension into the New Year will help solve the situation entirely if things work according to plan.
“All things being equal, at the end of this year…that is seven days from today the load shedding will end. But the only caveat I will throw in is that the end of the year can move up to about two weeks of the New Year.”
The public has however, not taken his comments lightly. They insist that he must resign since he has failed in handling the power crisis.
The Minister insists that “give or take”, the crisis will cease by the end of the year, adding “for the last three days there has been no load shedding in Ghana, so if you’re in a particular locality and there is no power then it means it is a fault particular to that locality.
“That is what I’ve been struggling over the past weeks to distinguish. It is possible there will be no load shedding but you can still have faults in particular localities arising out of a number of reasons and that is a reality,” he said.
As the countdown to the promised end to load shedding is three days away, the GB&F gathered that all the power plants are operational and providing the required almost 2200 megawatts the country needs.
As at Tuesday morning the country is consuming 1782 megawatts (MW) of power which means all the major cities and towns are being supplied enough electricity.
The ease in the power situation in homes is possible considering that industries which consume high levels of power are offline for the festive season and peak time consumption will resume next week.
Checks with the power generators also indicate that enough crude oil has been purchased to power the thermal plants for at least the next three months. That however will depend on the level of consumption and the flow of gas from Nigeria and Ghana Gas.
Currently Ghana Gas is providing 110 million standard cubic feet of gas enough to feed all the plants at Aboadze. Gas from Nigeria however remains consistently low as the country receives about 35 million standard cubic feet which feeds only the Asogli plant with the other three thermal plants still shut down.