The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah has asked Ghanaians to brace themselves up for more intermittent power outages, popularly referred to in the local parlance as Dumsor.
He explained that this has become necessary because ongoing projects across the country
“Ghana’s system peak demand is close to 3,200MW with an installed capacity of 5,300MW – this means there’s enough capacity to more than meet demand. Some intermittent outages are to be expected on the grid in the coming months due to ongoing projects,” the statement said.
He further added, “there is a general willingness and commitment by all stakeholders in the sector to work fervently to reduce the impact it will have on customers in the country.”
He added that GRIDCo and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), in partnership with the firms working on the key projects, will in the coming weeks inform the public on the outage plans required for completion of the respective works in good time.
While acknowledging that recent power outages across the country had raised concerns over the return to perennial power outages, popularly known as “Dumsor, Mr. Amoako-Baah was definite that “Dumsor is not coming back”.
“Indeed, the nature of the power system value chain, makes that impossible. As a crucial part of the entire value chain, overseeing matters on the transmission aspect of the process, GRIDCo wants to assure the country and all related stakeholders that none of the key participants in the value chain is resting on their oars, in an effort to maintain stability, accessibility, consistency, and reliability of power supply at all times.”