The much dreaded ‘dumsor’ is back! The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has indicated that the country may in the coming days experience intermittent power outages for which a schedule will soon be drawn and made public.
The power transmission company says the expected outages are to enable various maintenance and repair works to be carried out within the power transmission and distribution chain across the country.
Several areas in Ghana have been in and out of darkness on a regular basis in recent time, a situation which has got many wondering if the country was headed back to the era of power rationing. The minority have suggested that the country’s power sector is in crisis, with government unable to raise the needed funds to pay Independent Power Producers hence the several power outages, but government insists that is not the case.
But despite the assurances by government, the country has continued to endure darkness sporadically in the last few weeks
In a bid to explain the reasons for the many outages, Corporate Communications Manager for GRIDCo, Ebenezer Amankwah in an interview with Accra based Citi FM said the outages are based on requests from many contractors expected to carry out the maintenance works on power stations, bulk supply points among others.
“There are a plethora of projects ongoing currently to resolve inherent challenges in the distribution and transmission aspects of the power production value chain. The transmission lines, sub-stations, bulk supply points etc. These projects are scattered across the country; we have some in Accra, some in Kumasi among others,” he said in the interview.
He continued, “The contractors are asking for some outages within some specific periods so that they can complete projects by the first quarter of this year’s deadline…We have to discuss with ECG on the requests that are coming up to look at how we can balance the load so that we can minimize as much as possible the impact it will have directly on customers while making sure that they can keep to their schedule.”