GRIDCo Blames Blackouts On Performance Test

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The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), has said the prolonged power outages experienced in parts of the country is due to a performance test on a new regulating and metering gas station in Tema.

GRIDCo adds that some plants in Aboadze experienced gas flow challenges, hence the inability to generate power.

Monday’s power outage in parts of Accra follows similar blackouts last week when the Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, assured Ghanaians that such times were over.

The Electricity Company of Ghana, (ECG) issued a statement attributing the power outage to technical challenges GRIDCo was facing.

GRIDCo in a statement says the challenges have been resolved with power restored to all affected bulk supply points today [Tuesday].

“The Ghana Grid Company wishes to inform the general public that on Monday, March 16, 2020, the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGPCo) undertook a scheduled performance test on a new regulating and metering gas station in Tema. This led to limited gas supply to power plants in the Tema enclave. Additionally, some plants in the Aboadze enclave also experienced gas flow challenges; making them unable to generate power. These two incidents led to disruptions in the available generation, resulting in prolonged power outages in parts of the country yesterday.”

“Subsequently, the gas challenges were resolved, and power was restored to all affected bulk supply points on Tuesday, March 17, 2020”, the statement concluded.

GRIDCo also assured that its coordinating role in the power delivery value chain and will continue to project transparency and dedication at all times.

It added that it will continue to work closely with its stakeholders in the sector including the Volta River Authority (VRA), the IPPs, Electricity Company of Ghana and Northern Distribution Company (NEDCo) to ensure it reflects an atmosphere of coordination and collaboration in order to project a good image for the sector in the eyes of customers and the general public.

Source: Citinewsroom

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