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Ghana: Electricity rationing underway

(Photo: nation.com)
June 13, 2013

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has begun intensive electricity rationing across the country.

Ghana has been experiencing load shedding since the year begun, but though President Mahama assured in April that the country will not be plunked into another load shedding, the country is again experiencing electricity rationing.

The latest cause of electricity rationing follows the shortage of gas which has resulted in a power generation deficit of more than 200 megawatts.

Public Relations Officer of the ECG, William Boateng, in an interview with the media, stated that though the deficit has reduced, the company will still be shedding power for some time.

“The load shedding is not over. As I speak we are doing a day's load shedding of about 140 megawatts”, he noted.

He added that “apart from the load shedding, anytime there is a rainstorm, there is also the localised problem where some electrical wires come down thereby compounding the power outage situation”.

A statement also released by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum said, the load shedding exercise has been necessitated due to the unavailability of fuel to power the thermal plants of the Volta River Authority.

"The Ministry would like to assure the public that all efforts are being made to restore normal power supply within the stipulated period. Consequently, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will announce a load management program within the next 48 hours."


Click to listen to the Public Relations Officer of the ECG, William Boateng.



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