Ghana Government work towards settling power supply

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has taken delivery of 400,000 barrels of light crude oil to power thermal plants in the Aboadze power enclave in Takoradi in the Western Region, the Deputy Minister of Power, Mr John Jinapor, has said.

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An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma/Files
An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma/Files

Another consignment of 550,000 barrels is expected in the country next week to power thermal plants in the Tema power enclave.

power ship
power ship

Mr. Jinapor said yesterday that, with the delivery of the crude oil, power supply was expected to improve by 450 megawatts (MW).

He said there was no need to declare a load-shedding regime or draw a load-shedding management timetable, since the arrival of the light crude oil was expected to bring some form of relief to consumers.

He also said the AMERI plant was running at full capacity with the limited gas supply from Ghana Gas, contrary to reports that the country was losing $9.9 million because the plant had not been running.

To ensure that the fuel problem did not reoccur, Mr Jinapor said, the VRA had been tasked to test other types of fuel that would meet its oil specification because the thermal plant could run only on brass and bonny light crude oil. He said the VRA had also been tasked to engage other fuel suppliers, so that the country could fall back on them when it became necessary.

Also, good news from the Ghana National Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas), indicates that, there have been increased supply of gas from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah following the resumption of operations on the floating vessel on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

According to the company, it has therefore increased its supply of gas to the VRA by about 10 million standard cubic feet of gas, that is, from 45 million standard cubic feet to 55 million standard cubic feet.

Tullow, on Tuesday, July 12, shut down the FPSO due to faults on all Fire and Gas systems as well as VFD monitors on the facility.

Operators subsequently indicated of resumption in the flow of gas at an initial 50 million standard cubic feet.

The Corporate Affairs Manager of Ghana Gas, Alfred Ogbamey has confirmed the increased supply of gas from the 44 million standard cubic feet to about 57 million standard cubic feet.

“As of Wednesday morning, the FPSO was providing us with 43.6 million standard cubic feet and we were supplying the VRA with 42.8 million standard cubic feet.

As at last week Wednesday evening, that had increased to 57.1 million standard cubic feet and we are supplying VRA with 55.5 million standard cubic feet, so there is an improvement,” he said.

The development is also likely to reflect in the amount of power generation from the Volta River Authority which was early this week reported to be receiving less quantities of supply of gas from Ghana Gas.

The shortfall has also culminated in the erratic power supply to consumers.

A situation Ghana Gas feared could worsen if the shortfall in gas supply persisted.

Tullow on Wednesday was also optimistic the AMERI power plant could resume operations with the flow of gas increasing above 50 million standard cubic feet.

Meanwhile, Alfred Ogbamey is hopeful of an increase in gas supplies from the FPSO all other factors being constant.

“Indeed they had confirmed they may not go beyond 50 million but that increased just within an hour. I do not anticipate that they will be able to go above that but I think that will also depend on a number of factors, if the situation allows, I am sure they would increase the volumes that they supply to us,” he added.

It appears Tullow has been truthful with the assurance to the Ghana Gas that it will restore the situation by the close of the week.

But consumers are still bearing the brunt of the intermittent power cuts even though the government has declined to declare a load shedding regime neither will it provide a load shedding time-table to guide decisions.

Adnan Adams Mohammed

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