Ghana’s Power Instability Not Solely Linked to WAPCo’s Gas Supply Issues, Says IES Analyst

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Xatse Derick Emmanuel, a research and policy analyst at the Institute for Energy Security (IES), has emphasized that Ghana’s recent power instability, commonly referred to as ‘Dumsor’, is not solely attributable to the current gas supply challenges announced by WAPCo.

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Xatse Derick pointed out that Ghana has been facing a power generation deficit of approximately 600 MW since the beginning of the year.

This statement comes in response to a joint announcement by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) regarding a three-week interruption in power supply due to reduced gas supply from Nigeria.

According to GRIDCo and ECG, this reduction is due to maintenance work by a gas supplier in Nigeria, which has affected Ghana’s overall power generation capacity and may necessitate load management during this period.

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Mr. Xatse highlighted that most of Ghana’s thermal power plants have the capability to operate using alternative fuels such as Light Crude Oil (LCO), Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), except for the Sunon-Asogli Power and AMERI plants, which rely exclusively on natural gas.

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He suggested that with adequate financial support, these thermal plants could potentially exceed Ghana’s peak power demand. Ghana currently has an installed generation capacity of 5,194 MW, which translates to a dependable capacity of 4,756 MW excluding embedded generation. This indicates that Ghana theoretically should have sufficient capacity to meet and surpass its peak power demand.

In conclusion, while acknowledging the impact of reduced gas supply on power generation, Mr. Xatse underscored the importance of leveraging alternative fuel options available to Ghana’s thermal plants to mitigate the effects of Dumsor and ensure stable electricity supply across the country.

Source Citinews

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