John Mahama was heard during the State of the Nation address saying that although there are some challenges in the distribution of power, his government has put in place enough measures that will solve the power challenges in the coming months.
Ghana has been experiencing erratic power supply which has led to the collapse of businesses with many people blaming government for its failures in power generation.
Government however imported two power ships to augment the country’s current power supply and also imported some plants from Ameri Power to save the situation.
In the same vein, the people of Ghana were also made to pay more for power since tariffs went up astronomically.
Meanwhile, President Mahama said, Ghana is still facing some energy challenges because of lack of gas.
“Our energy challenges are not over but at least for now, we have been able to fix the problem, we are able to match demand and supply, even though we are living dangerously because our redundancy is small, not because we don’t have the generating capacity but because several of our generating assets are gas-based. We are not able to get enough gas to feed them.” he said.
He explained that, “For instance if you take the eastern generating area which is Tema, we have almost 600MW of gas-based generation but are not getting gas through the West African Gas pipeline to be able to run them.”
Adding that, “One reason is because Nigeria’s demand for gas is increasing and there is regular destruction of the gas infrastructure and so we get a certain volume today, tomorrow it drops so you cannot predict how you are running those assets.”
Meanwhile, it had been announced that in the next two weeks, Ghana will go back to the era of power rationing ‘Dumsor’.