The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has announced a load management program due to challenges with power generation.
According to the announcement, power supply to consumers during peak times, that is, between 6pm and 10pm will be rationed. The notice by GRIDCo confirms earlier reports that the power operators in the country are embarking on a load shedding programme.
The announcement contrasts assurances by government that the load shedding, undertaken for the most part of 2013, will not recur in 2014.
In 2012, damage to the West African Gas Pipeline created a power crisis that lasted for about a year. The crisis contributed to a slowdown of GDP growth in 2013, estimated at 7.4 percent compared to 7.9 percent in 2012.
The situation was normalised after the Gas pipeline was repaired. During the Commissioning of the 400 Bui hydro project in December last year, the government announced an end to the load shedding programme, with President John Mahama declaring that Ghana was on its way to becoming a power exporter.
A little over a month after that declaration, GRIDCo says the country has to go back to a load shedding programme.
Head of Public Relations at GRIDCo, Albert Quainoo told Joy FM the current challenges have been compounded by on-going repair works on generators in the power system.
He said the non-availability of some of the generators led to a loss of some 50 megawatts of power.
Mr. Quainoo would not say when the load-shedding will be over except to assure that the officials are working feverishly to resolve the problem.