June 24, 2024


Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Security (IES), a civil society organization in the power and petroleum sectors, Nana Amoasi VII, has warned that given the Government’s inability to pay its partners in the power sector, Ghanaians may have to brace themselves up for longer periods of power outages, known as dumsor.

He explained that even though the Government has the infrastructure to generate enough electricity to meet demands, its failure to pay partners in the sector, such as the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, transporters of natural gas, has led to the power outages being experienced.

 “The generation bits are having that challenge. It’s not like the plants are not ready to work. They are ready to work, but no fuel. This time we are talking about natural gas, which is to be fed into the plants to get them running and put the power on the bridge for us to get in our various homes and businesses,” he explained in an interview with Citi FM.

He continued, “all the power plants in the western corridor are working but to move that natural gas from the western corridor to the eastern corridor has been a challenge because the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), being the transporter or transmitter of the natural gas, has chosen not to move the gas. WAPCo has shut down its gas…Until we position ourselves to generate enough revenue in the sector to pay all the players, at one moment you’ll find that WAPCo will open the gas, but then other plants will also choose to shut down because the government owns them.”

Ghanaians have been complaining about rolling power outages ( dumsor) in recent times. However, the Government has not responded with a definitive reason for the shortfall in the supply of power that has led to the power cuts. Experts in the sector, however, say the problem is down to financial challenges of the Government.



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