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Power situation to normalise in March – Deputy Energy Minister

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A Deputy Minister for Energy, William Owuraku-Aidoo, says the erratic power supply in some parts of the country should stabilize in a few days.

According to him, the intermittent power outages being experienced in some parts of the country was because of challenges with an ongoing peaking exercise.

Describing the encountered problems as un-anticipated, he noted the exercise had taken out over a 1,000 megawatts from Tema area.

“Unfortunately some of the generation plants that we planned with have encountered some unexpected challenges,” he said in a radio interview on Accra-based Citi FM on Wednesday.

Mr Owuraku-Aidoo noted however that the state was “looking at just a matter of days to bring this whole problem to an end”, adding that the peaking exercise had been completed ahead of schedule and would be followed by some analysis.

“The analysis will hopefully come to an end by tomorrow and gas will be introduced somewhere in the beginning of March [2020] and then it will ramp up…until we get the full complement of Gas supply to the Tema enclave,” Mr. Owuraku Aidoo said.

Meanwhile, a former Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor, has accused the government of re-starting the rationing of power, last seen during the power crisis in 2015.

In a statement, he said the relapse into power rationing was “due to the ineptitude and mismanagement of the energy sector” by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He thus called on the government to publish a load shedding time table “to enable Ghanaians plan their daily schedules.”

Despite the concerns with power sector, the government insists that it has solved the problems with dumsor.

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