AfDB and UN Environment launch the ‘Atlas of Africa Energy Resources‘at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Durban, South Africa


On 4 May 2017, at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban South Africa, the African Development Bank’s Vice-President Power for Energy, Climate and Green Growth, Amadou Hott and the UN Environment Regional Director, Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, launched one the most important publications in the energy sector, the ‘Atlas of Africa Energy Resources.’ In the presence of representatives of the private sector, key African institutions and Civil Society organizations, Hott highlighted the importance and benefits the publication of the Atlas represent. “We have no doubt that this Atlas will be instrumental in facilitating ease of access to information and data in the energy sector for all stakeholders, including the donor community, African Governments and the private sector,” he said.

He added that development institutions will benefit from the Atlas. “At the African Development Bank, we are convinced that this Atlas will assist us in implementing our ambitious programme under the New Deal on Energy for Africa, whose main objective is to achieve universal energy access in Africa by 2025, Hott said, adding that this would entail providing electricity access to over 200 million households and clean cooking access to around 150 million households.

The Atlas of Africa Energy Resources was produced by the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) in partnership with the UN Environment and the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA). The ICA and SEFA are both hosted by the African Development Bank. A G8 initiative, the main objective of the ICA is to increase investments for infrastructure development in Africa, from both public and private sources. SEFA provides resources for renewable energy project preparation and equity investments, as well as technical assistance to African institutions in improving the enabling environment for private investments.

The Atlas of Africa Energy Resources features over 64 maps and 73 satellite images as well as some 50 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos. The Atlas makes a major contribution to knowledge on Africa’s energy sector by highlighting the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development of the energy resources on the continent.

The Atlas, including individual satellite images and other graphics can be downloaded from the website of the ICA and from UN Environment.


Source: The African Development Bank Group


Ghana to get Africa’s first and world’s largest LPG fired power plant

By: Pamela Ofori-Boateng

General Electric Company says it will supply the power generation equipment for the Bridge Power plant project in Ghana, according to a  press release copied to

The equipment, which will be used in the first phase of the project, will collectively generate 200MW of power and an additional 200MW of power will be deployed in stage two of the project, the release said.

It adds that, the equipment scope in GE’s TM2500 gas turbine generator sets and GE’s steam turbines is in a combined cycle (CC), configuration. This will be the first time the TM2500 gas turbines will be used in a combined cycle configuration globally and marks a milestone for the technology, which is also led by PRODEL.

“The Bridge Power plant successfully brings together the need for a cost-effective fuel solution, in this case liquefied petroleum gas, with an integrated power solution driven by GE’s latest flexible technology,” Leslie Nelson, CEO, GE’s Gas Power Systems for sub-Saharan Africa was cited as saying in the release.

Additionally, the 400MW Bridge Power and LPG import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project will address Ghana’s long-term energy requirements by providing enough electricity for the equivalent of up to 17 per cent of the country’s capacity.

It notes that upon completion, it will be Africa’s first LPG fired power plant and the world’s largest plant of its kind. The fuel-flexible plant will also be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas or diesel.

Bridge Power, the release pointed out is being developed by the Early Power Limited (EPL) consortium under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The EPL consortium comprises of Endeavor Energy, an independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, an independent trading firm in Ghana; and GE.

In March this year, GE opened a 5,600 square meter oil & gas facility in Takoradi that will serve as a primary service center for deep-water offshore projects, it concluded.


Source: Ghana Business News

Energy Minister vows to revamp power sector

By: Laary Dasmani, GNA

Accra, March 28, GNA – Energy Minister Mr Boakye Agyarko has affirmed the Government’s resolve to overhaul the country’s ailing energy sector to meet consumers demand for improved economic performance.

‘This government’s vision for the provision of state reliable and secure power supply also include initiatives such as restructuring of debts of the utility companies and securing fair commitment for a reliable supply of fuel,’ he said.

Mr Agyarko, who was speaking at the Sod-Cutting ceremony for a project meant to reinforce power supply to the Central Business District of Accra, said: ‘Be assured of the Government’s resolve to revamp the energy sector for a brighter tomorrow.’

Ghana GRID Company and Electricity Company of Ghana provided counterpart funding for the multimillion project, which seeks to address unstable power supply to the nation’s capital.

The Japanese Government gave around $40 million for the project, expected to be completed in the next 18 months.

The Minister urged GRIDCO and ECG to work closely with constructors and consultants to ensure the project was completed on time.

Electricity demand in Ghana continues to grow roughly by 10 per cent annually. The project is, therefore, seen as an important intervention to enable the supply of energy consumers need meet to meet their electricity demand.

He said the Government was also working to increase the amount of renewable energy in the national grid.

Mr Koji Makino, the Chief representative of JICA Ghana office, said the on December 8, 2015, JICA signed a grant agreement with Ghana for project for the Reinforcement of power supply to Accra Central, with Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) as the implementing agency.

He said of the important pillars of JICA’s cooperation in Ghana was infrastructure development, especially in the power sector in order to promote and sustain economic growth and reduce poverty.

‘As Ghana’s economy grows and power demand increases, there is the need for improvement of the network systems, especially in the transmission and distribution systems,’ he said.

‘The recent energy crisis stimulated an increase in power generation, which requires corresponding improvement in the system network,’ he added.

He noted that while Ghana was taking measures to increase its generation capacity, it was equally vital to expand and improve the power transmission and distribution systems to accommodate the load and efficiently supply power.

Mr William Amuna, the Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo said: ‘Our focus on this district is because it is the highest electricity consuming location in Ghana with its load constituting about 30 per cent of the Greater Accra Consumption.’

‘The load growth in the Business District is higher than the national average of 10 per cent. ‘The yearend projected demand of the Area is 1,400MVA.’

It is expected that on completion, electricity consumers in Accra Central and GRIDCO would directly reap the benefits of the project.

This is because, the Achimota, Mallam, Accra East, New Tema and smelter II substations have been overloaded for far too long, serving Accra and its suburbs, which extend to as far as the Akwapim mountains and a little beyond.

Mr Amuna said as a result, consumers experienced low voltages and unreliable power supply, whilst GRIDCo incurred very high transmission losses.

‘An outage at the Achimota substation, for instances, results in black out in many areas in Accra and beyond, this will soon be a thing of the past,’ he explained.



Quantum Power to help solve energy crisis – MD


Managing Director of Quantum Power Ghana Gas, Ruben Atekpe says their project takes off Ghana’s burden of dependence on West Africa Gas which has not been reliable.

The project estimated around $600 million will provide power plants within Tema region with gas and is expected to save Ghana about $300 million yearly in fuel cost.

He said this is a boost to end dumsor which has affected the country in all spheres of life

He disclosed this in an interview with Adom News.
“Breakdown of the thermal plants in Ghana is as a result of dependence on other forms of fuel instead of gas which these plants were built for,” Atekpe revealed.

The project is expected to eliminate for the next decade or more any need by Ghana to depend on imported fuel that cannot be relied upon.

According to Ruben Atekpe, the gas project will also help end overdependence on hydropower due to irregular rainfall pattern.

According to a management of the company, it is providing Ghana the option to have a completely reliable power sector that can accommodate its growth and ability of its people for next few decades.

With this, Ghana is to become a leader in West Africa.

Ruben Atekpe said Ghana has gas in the western part of the country but is yet on the eastern side where most of the power plants are located hence the need for this project.

The main component of the project is a Floating Storage ship which will supply the gas will be placed 12 kilometers from the shore where a pipeline leads the gas to a metering station and other stations where it will be processed before sending it to the power stations within Tema which need it to produce electricity.

“Gas by its nature doesn’t travel in gas form but liquid. Since the power plants use gas, the purpose of the ship is to regasify the liquid form from almost -200° to 100° where the necessary connections would be done to feed the power plants,” he said.

The ship is to be launched in South Korea on 31st of this month and arrive in Ghana two months later.

Its anchor chains are between 5 to 8kms long as the ship could be compared to 10-storey skyscraper high and 5-storey wide.

Quantum Power Ghana Gas is undertaking this 12 months project with Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).



Admit dumsor, publish timetable – ACEP tells gov’t


Energy think tank, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) wants the government to admit that there is a significant shortfall in power supply and publish a timetable for load shedding that already ongoing.

Deputy Executive Director of ACEP, Ben Boakye, thinks there is an urgent need for a load shedding timetable to guide Ghanaians.

“There is dumsor. If we have a shortfall of around 150Megawatts and they [Electricity Company of Ghana] are shedding load, it is obvious that there is a gap that ought to be filled,” he said.

He told Joy News’ Raymond Acquah there cannot be any reliable justification for the hold up in the publication of the timetable.

“The timetable always exists, they just need to activate it so I don’t know why there is always a situation to always hesitate to actually activate it. They know when they are going to take off the light, so [they should] just tell us,” he said.

ACEP’s prediction last year that the dreaded load shedding, or dumsor, will return in the beginning of this year was dismissed by then outgoing National Democratic Congress (NDC) government as false.

Last year the think tank revealed its checks indicates dumsor would return due to a shortfall in power supply.

Then Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor, rejected the forecast and insisted government had put in measures to forestall a return to the load shedding period.

But the former Minister seems to have retracted his defence.

Like many others, Mr Jinapor has been experiencing power outages in his area lately and he took to Facebook to vent his frustration about the situation.

On Friday he posted the following his Facebook page:

“I am now convinced we are effectively in load shedding, technically transformers cannot go off every evening between 7 pm to 12 pm for 4 consecutive days which incidentally is the peak period. Managers of the power must come clean and provide us with a timetable so we can plan our lives. You cannot suppress a cork under water forever.”

Mr Jinapor was referring to an excuse by the current government two weeks ago that faults with some transformers were the cause of the intermittent power outages.

Meanwhile, ACEP’s Deputy Executive Director says it is uncertain when the power deficit can be filled.

“It depends on how long it takes to bring the gas back on stream,” he said.

According to him, the government needs at least €2 million to fix the current power shortfall.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had campaigned fiercly on a promise to fix the perennial power challenge during the 2016 general elections, attributing the problem to poor management of the sector by the then NDC administration.



The Burning Problem Of China’s Garbage

Engineers at Beijing’s Gao’antun incinerator power plant control giant claws with joysticks on special chairs inside a cockpit. The claws are capable of lifting eight tons of garbage with each scoop.

Rob Schmitz/NPR

Sitting inside a glass-encased cockpit, two men fiddle with joysticks controlling giant claws outside. They look like they’re playing at a vending machine at a mall, where you try to grasp a stuffed animal. But these are engineers. The claws they’re manipulating are as big as houses, and they’re sifting through hundreds of tons of garbage thrown away by the world’s largest consumer class.

Trash is piling up in China — more than 520,000 tons a day. China’s government has concluded the best way to get rid of it is to burn it at incinerators like this one, the Gao’antun incinerator power plant run by the Chaoyang district of Beijing.

“Our emissions from burning the garbage are well below EU standards, and our technology is ahead of incinerators in the U.S.,” says Chen Hui, the plant’s chief engineer.

This incinerator was opened nine months ago. The heat from burning garbage at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius produces enough electricity to power more than 140,000 homes.

Inside Beijing’s Gao’antun incinerator plant, garbage piles past the 25-meter (82-ft.) mark inside an arena-sized garbage container where engineers operate giant claws to sift through it.
Rob Schmitz/NPR

“Our biggest goal is to protect the environment,” says Chen. “This incinerator is funded, built and run by the government. We’re not driven by profit.”

This is not the case in the rest of China.

“China has a few incinerators that burn garbage in a clean way, but they’re not the ones winning bids for most government projects,” says Tao Guangyuan, executive director of the Sino-German Renewable Energy Cooperation Center.

Inside the control room at Beijing’s Gao’antun incinerator power plant, video images show garbage burning at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. Emissions from the plant go through a high-tech filtration system that reduces its impact on the environment. Most incinerators in China do not utilize these measures.
Rob Schmitz/NPR

He’s worried about China’s pledge to burn 40 percent of its garbage by 2020, because most incinerators in China are operated by private companies.

“Whoever burns garbage the cheapest wins government contracts,” says Tao. “Some companies are willing to burn a ton of garbage for less than $4. When it’s that cheap, you’re definitely not burning it in a clean way.”

Renmin University Professor of Environmental Economy and Management Song Guojun says China could sharply cut its emissions from garbage incineration by asking people to sort their garbage.
Rob Schmitz/NPR

China’s government sets its budget for burning garbage at around $10 per ton, but many of the country’s incinerators, says Tao, do it for far less. According to a report by the Chinese news service Caixin, an incinerator in the city of Shaoxing won a government bid last year for burning garbage at the equivalent of $3 a ton.

Experts say incinerators in China’s first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai burn trash at an average of $20 a ton, which is still a third of the average cost of burning trash in the United States and nearly a tenth the average cost of burning garbage in Japan.

Burning garbage in the cleanest way — like at Beijing’s Gao’antun plant — means doing so at more than 850 degrees Celsius with a high-tech filtration system that removes dioxins and other toxic gases. This costs a lot of money. While some bigger cities like Beijing can afford to do this, Tao says most waste management companies in China can’t afford to burn garbage this way because local governments pay them so little.

As a result, they’re burning garbage the cheapest way possible, filling China’s skies with an unknown amount of cancer-causing heavy metal and dioxin emissions. China doesn’t publicly release emissions data from its incinerators.

And that’s why protests from residents are on the rise whenever a new incinerator is planned for a neighborhood in a Chinese city. Two years ago, thousands of residents in a district of the wealthy eastern city of Hangzhou overturned and set fire to police cars, injuring at least 30 officers, while protesting an incinerator planned for their neighborhood. The same scene has been replayed in affluent cities throughout China, as middle class urbanites become angrier about the health effects of pollution and the lack of government oversight on industry.

Song Guojun, a professor of environmental economics and management at Renmin University, says there is a clear answer to China’s garbage problem.

“If we sorted garbage like many other developed countries do, we’d cut the amount we need to burn in half,” he says. “If we had a functioning recycling system, we could cut it by another 20 to 30 percent. Less garbage means less toxic emissions.”

Song has spent his career studying garbage. He says in Taiwan, where residents sort their trash, incinerators are running out of trash to burn. As a result, an average Taiwanese person generates half a pound of garbage a day. An average Chinese person burns 2 1/2 pounds.

Because China has 1.3 billion more people than Taiwan, Song says the environmental stakes of establishing a trash-sorting program are much bigger.

“Why hasn’t China done this? Because incinerator companies are a big special interest group, and they influence policymakers,” he says. Nonprofits and environmental organizations “have limited power,” he says, “and so do I. I’ve studied this. I know this is doable, but [policymakers would] say it’s unrealistic.”

According to a World Bank report, in eight years, the Chinese will throw away nearly 1.4 million tons of garbage per day — twice as much as garbage as Americans are expected to generate. Half of the Chinese waste will be burned inside incinerators whose managers are currently more interested in profits than clean air.

The question is a crucial one, says Song: If China can build the world’s largest consumer class, why can’t it get its people to sort their garbage?



Gov’t to use bauxite to transform economy

By: Maxwell Ofori, Jubilee House

Bauxite deposits at Kyebi and Nyinahin will be mined to manufacture machine parts to transform the economy, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has stated.

In line with this, the President further reiterated his government’s determination to partner the private sector to set up strategic industries to help create jobs for our youth.

“These include, but not limited to, an iron and steel industry, which will exploit the iron ore deposits at Oppon Manso and Sheini, near Tamale, and facilitate the manufacture of machine parts and equipment; an integrated aluminium industry, which will exploit the bauxite deposits at Kyebi and Nyinahin; petrochemical industries from oil and gas deposits from the Jubilee, TEN and Sankofa fields; and vehicle assembly plants,” he noted

He made this statement at the Okuapeman School when giving his address as the Guest of Honour at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the school, over the weekend.

According to the President, sixty years after independence, the progress of the country has been slower than it should have been. He added that it was time to take bold moves that will enable the country make rapid progress to transform the economy and the lives of Ghanaians.

“A society that aims to transform itself into a modern, productive player in the global market needs an educated workforce, and that means it must get its educational policies right,” he opined.

Speaking on the theme for the celebration; “One Vision, Many Lives”, the President said the theme fit in most appropriately with the circumstances of our country today. All our lives, he added, are affected by the decisions and public policy choices made by those who have been entrusted with the mandate of the Ghanaian people.

He cited that it was critical, therefore, that “we all buy into the One Vision of a free, united, wealthy and happy Ghana. As we seek to create a society of opportunities for all, it is clear that quality, accessible education is the fastest and most effective way to change the fortunes of our country and join the group of developed nations.

“Over the course of the last three elections, one consensus seems to have emerged across all the various political groupings – we are all agree that the economy of Ghana has to be transformed to make it a high-income economy. Graduates from our educational institutions should enter the labour market, well-equipped with skills for good, well-paying jobs. To do this, our country must move from an economy dependent on the export of raw materials, to an economy of value-addition. We must process the natural resources we have, to enable us reap higher benefits.

“Luckily for all of us, this is a well-trodden path, and there are many examples to learn from.  The societies that have made rapid progress around the world have all put education at the heart of their development. The United States of America, the first country to institutionalize free public secondary education, did it over a hundred years ago, and the nations that we started independent life with, like Singapore, Malaysia and Korea, have done it.”



Operational Lapses Caused TOR Explosion

But Management Probes Deeper

The Chronicle’s ongoing inquisition into the cause of the explosion of the 6 million Euro Crude Distillation Furnace at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) is suggesting operational negligence that fateful day.

The 01-F61-R Furnace, which was commissioned on the December 2, 2016, exploded 55 days later, Thursday, January 26, 2017, and has incapacitated production at the refinery by 38%.

The TOR-Verga Engineers of Italy mounted furnace boosted operational capacity from 28,000 to 45,000 barrels per day.

The Chronicle gathered that three components of the furnace, namely damper, burner management system and soot-blower system, should all be operational for the installation to function as required.

The damper could be operated from dual sources, manual and electronic, and the whole process is regulated by a throttle to control the desired heat in the installation.

The Burner Management System controls combustible liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through the 14 pipes into the chamber of the furnace.

The soot-blower system is from time to time activated to clean the crude oil pipes of the soot formed as a result of blazing in the chamber.

The Chronicle’s investigations revealed that on the day of the incident, works were ongoing on the control board, which, for unexplained reasons, resulted in the unexpected shutdown of the furnace.

By this time, the valves of all the 14 LPG pipes supplying combustible mixture into the furnace were not closed and continued to charge the chamber, while the damper, which is supposed to let out heat or otherwise, remained closed.

With the chamber compressed with LPG, the lighter was struck from the control room, resulting in the explosion of the furnace, which created big outlets south and east of the installation, sending fragments into the yard.

Information received in the course of the paper’s investigations suggested that there were some lapses at the control room, with regard to inexperienced hands being entrusted with the control system.

The paper’s enquiries also revealed that this is the second time this furnace, christened F61, has suffered such a huge breakdown.

According to credible sources at the plant, two furnaces were installed in 1963 by the then Ghanaian Italian Petroleum Company (GHAIP) and named Furnace 1 and Furnace 2, respectively.

Furnace 1 continues to function till date, but below is why Furnace 2 now becomes F61:

In the late 90s, when the administration of William S. Parker (of blessed memory) undertook expansion of the refinery, which work was done by SK Engineering of South Korea, it was detected that Furnace 2 had a small capacity, hence it was upgraded to provide the plant with 45,000 barrels per day, from 28,000 barrels, and remained so at its commissioning in 1997.

After less than a decade of operation, F61, which feeds from the same crude pipeline as Furnace 1, but separated through connectivity, collapsed out of being starved of enough crude.

At that time, there was no means to get out the ‘caked’ crude (which turned into charcoal) from the production lines, and it was agreed to replace it with a new one.

Interestingly, TOR internal findings of the damage of F61 pointed to a report that the Korean design is programmed to last for only 10 years, and so there was the need to place a new order from Italy, a report which allegedly covered the negligence leading to the damage of F61.

The administration of Dr Konadu K Sarpong went ahead to place the order, and Mr. Patrick Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko completed and commissioned it.

On the recent spillage of diesel into the metropolitan drain, the paper recalled its findings some 14 years ago at the plant when the entire Pump House got flooded.

Our findings were that the American Petroleum Institute (API) separator, which is an underground tank, is constructed to receive all forms of liquid at the refinery by means of pipes connected to it.

The only way fuel could leak in the yard into the metropolitan drain, would be due to a broken pipeline or defective storage tank, which is not connected to the separator.

Even with that, the pipelines are connected from the tanks, constructed with fixed and floating roofs, directly into the API separator.

The separator stores the liquid, and since water is heavier, the fuel is pumped back into a tank for refining.

The only reason fuel would spill into the drains is when some of these pipes from the field to the separator are blocked.

Meanwhile, the management of TOR has set up a 9-member committee of enquiry to the investigate circumstances leading to the explosion of 01-F61-R Furnace.

A letter, dated 27th January, 2017, and signed by Easmon Asamoah, Acting General Manager, Human Resource and Administration, named the members as Daniel Appiah – Chairman, Philip Adela, William Anum, Frances Brobbey, Sena bAgbekoh, Ubeidalah Saeed, Kwame Kodie, Stephen Konadu, with Philippa Joy Essien as Secretary.

The terms of reference for the committee are to investigate the circumstances leading to the cause of explosion of 01-61-R Furnace, to examine other related issues, to propose measures to prevent future recurrence, and to submit a report of findings and recommendations within two weeks after the inauguration of the committee, which took place on January 26, this year.

Furthermore, our investigations revealed that there is some level of indiscipline, which has crept into the yard and The Chronicle will bring it to readers in subsequent editions.

The Acting Managing Director of TOR, Mr Isaac Osei, when contacted, admitted that an investigative committee had been put in place.

According to him, engineers from the manufacturers, Verger Engineers of Italy, are expected in the country, after which action would be taken.

The Acting MD further stated that TOR has presently opened the furnace and drained the content to allow the investigators access into the installation.




TOR explosion: Institute for Energy Security fears for fuel security

Energy think tank, Institute for Energy Security (IES), says a recent explosion at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) is a harbinger for challenges in the energy sector.

IES also says its observation of the refinery suggests that non-adherence to safety protocol and standard operating procedures, lack of adequate supervision, inexperience operating and production management personnel are among the factors that caused the incident.

A furnace at the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) atTOR exploded on Thursday, forcing the management of the refinery to shut down the unit.

The furnace was commissioned on December 2, 2016, as part of a €5 million expansion project to increase capacity.

However, in a release Friday, IES said unless an investigation is launched into the cause of the explosion, the refinery may be plagued once again by technical, operational and financial challenges that shut it down for close to two years.

“The IES wish to call on the management of TOR, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the Ministry of Energy and the government; as a matter of urgency launch an investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of blow-up, and take steps to restore capacity while preserving the remaining production capacity.

“Anything short of these could jeopardise the country’s fuel security, threaten jobs, push back the gains made so far by TOR, turn the refinery to a storage terminal again, and impact negativity on the country’s socio-economic growth,” said the release signed by Richmond Rockson, IES Principal Research Analyst.

Until the explosion, Tema Oil Refinery had the capacity to supply approximately 61% of the country’s fuel demand.

This was made possible after the completion of installation of the new furnace to replace the old furnace 01-F61 which broke down in 2013 and as a result forced the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) plant to drop to 28,000 barrels per stream day from a designed capacity of 45,000 barrels per stream day.

The new furnace was commissioned mid-December 2016 and coincided with TOR’s receipt of first indigenous crude oil from the Tweneboa-Enyera-Ntomme (TEN) field.



VRA, ECG, GRIDCO allay fears over impending ‘dumsor’


Accra, Jan. 26, GNA – Stakeholders in the power sector have put in adequate measures to mitigate the impact of the shortfall in power production arising from the planned shutdown of the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) for maintenance.

A joint statement issued by the Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to allay public fears of a return to ‘dumsor’, said in order to cover the anticipated shortfall of 230MW, production from the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric plants, as well as the thermal plants will be beefed up.

‘We plan to generate additional power from the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric plants, and also from the Tema and Kpone thermal plants which operate on light crude oil (LCO) and diesel respectively, while imports from Cote d’Ivoire will be purchased to make up for the supply deficit,’ the statement said.

Additionally, some of the thermal units at Aboadze that have been shut down for planned maintenance would be returned into service during this period, the statement said.

The GNGC announced a planned shut down for maintenance and the connection and commissioning of the gas pipeline system and other equipment from the TEN Fields to the Atuabo Processing Plant from 3rd to 20th February, 2017.

The shutdown, according the statement would create a generation shortfall of 230MW from the AMERI plant, whose operations depended solely on gas supply from the GNGC.

The connection of the TEN Fields to the Atuabo plant is expected to significantly increase the amount of natural gas to run the power generating facilities at Aboadze, thus improving the overall reliability of power supply to the public.

‘We take this opportunity to assure electricity consumers and the general public that the power situation will be managed in the most efficient manner during this period to address the anticipated challenges in power supply’, it concluded.