State institutions cross swords over aggravated power crisis in Ghana

Two state institutions got on each other's throat here on Tuesday over what the cause of the current aggravated power crisis in Ghana could be.


The Ministry of Power had issued a statement claiming that the aggravated power shortage situation was due to the shutting down of Ghana Gas Processing Plant at Atuabo, 326 km west of the capital to make way for the connection of the new 250 Mega Watts Africa-Middle East Investment (AMERI) Thermal plant.

PowerThe statement ended on a vague note that consumers should bear with the situation as the tying-in would be “completed soon.”

“Engineers of both the Ghana National Gas Company and AMERI are working round the clock to complete connection of the gas pipeline and to ameliorate the recent further decline in power supply in the country,” the statement signed by Kwaku Sersah Johnson, Head of Public Affairs at the power ministry said.

The Ghana Gas company however issued a counter statement to rebut some assertions in the power ministry’s statement.

The statement by company’s communications manager, Alfred Ogbamey described as “incorrect” that the recent increase in load-shedding was due to the shutting down of Ghana Gas.

It explained that although Ghana Gas had no contract with AMERI, due to experience gained in construction over the past four years, the gas company is assisting the country’s power authority to connect the AMERI plant to the power systems.

It said the Ghana Gas was also honoring the request by the authority to shut down its processing and supply of lean gas during Nov. 23-27 to facilitate the connection of the AMERI plat to the gas facilities.

The AMERI plant was delivered late October with the hope of adding 250 MW to the existing generating capacity, but the installation could not be completed in the two weeks promised earlier. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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