Business News of 2014-01-27

VRA warns of imminent power crisis

Ghana could suffer another power crisis due to the "discouraging" level of water in the Akosombo Dam, the Volta River Authority has disclosed.

According to Samuel Fletcher, Communications Manager of the VRA, consumers should brace up for tougher times in 2015 with regard to power supply, if the rains fail to come in this year for the producer to generate the required amount of the power needed for distribution.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Monday, Mr. Samuel Fletcher also called for urgent need to step up efforts to bring in more thermal plants to prevent the anticipated power crisis.

"Today, I can tell you that the water level in the Akosombo Dam is not encouraging," Mr. Fletcher said in an interview with Bernard Nasara Saibu, co-host of the Show.

"So I am anticipating that if the rains don't become better this year, 2015 we will have a challenge; the Dam might fail [to produce power] to some extent," he stated.

Meanwhile, the Electricity Company of Ghana last week stated that the emergency load management being experienced in some areas was necessitated by what it termed inadequate supply from the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDco) the distributor, and VRA the producer.

But the VRA and GRIDco have refused responsibility. According to the VRA, there is more than enough power in the system to be supplied to consumers currently.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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