Power outages: Institute for Energy Security demands transparency from GRIDCo

Research analyst at the Institute for Energy Security (IES), Fritz Moses, has called on managers of the power sector in the country to be transparent about the recent power outages.

Ghana experienced a nationwide power cut on Sunday, March 7, adding up to weeks of unstable power supply in parts of the country. The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), however, gave assurance that the country is not back to the days of erratic power supply referred to as ‘dumsor’.

The company attributed the situation to System and line transmission fault. According to the company, dumsor is not back as the country has adequate generation capacity to meet demands. It however explained that power cuts happen when there are gas flow and other challenges but the assurance is that there are qualified engineers and technical team who are on standby to address the challenges.

Speaking to the media, Mr Moses said GRIDCo should be forthcoming with further details on the situation.

He said with the power cuts within the past weeks, Ghanaians have not had full details about what happened especially on the Obuasi and Prestea lines and what caused the tripping. Mr. Moses observed that the country has enough dependable capacity but the issue has been maintenance of equipment and upgrades.

He said the country has been experiencing power outages for some time now but what happened on Sunday tends to leave room for doubt as to whether the right capacity exist or the right investment is being made into the power sector.

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