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Recent ‘Dumsor’ not attributed to load shedding by ECG -Opoku Prempeh

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The Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempreh has reiterated that the recent power outages experienced in parts of the country were not a result of load-shedding by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

For months, most parts of the country have witnessed intermittent power outages with businesses and households bearing the brunt.

Answering questions on the floor of Parliament, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh highlighted some reasons for the erratic power supply.

“The question has been asked over two months ago… No, ECG is not undertaking load-shedding as at the time the question was asked. Consumers were experiencing outages due to a number of factors. That included localised outages due to overload online and transformers.

“There are certain areas in this country where all of a sudden, the number of residents and businesses have accumulated, parts of East Legon which was purely residential area have now become a business district, increasing power consumption. Thereby hampering the existing lines there, so the transformers and lines had to be updated. Outages to the average capacity to overloaded lines and transformers.

“At the time the questionnaire put the question, CenPower had an emergency which meant a complete shutdown, losing immediately 40 megawatts. That also contributed and the plant maintenance on Amandi power was also ongoing at the same time.

“The emergency outages sometimes requested by GRIDCo has also contributed, so there were myriads of factors that had unfortunately happened, that is causing the power outages in different ad different time.

“The reason ECG said they were not load-shedding, because most of the incidents were not planned and so they couldn’t have come out with a pre-programme to say they were loading.”

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