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General News of Thu, 15 Dec 201610

'Dumsor' won’t return – John Jinapor

Outgoing deputy Energy minister John Jinapor has downplayed fears that the dreadful energy crisis will befall the nation again next year.

According to him, the Mahama-led administration has put in place adequate measures to ensure that Ghana does not return to the power crisis again.

The African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) has warned that Ghana may face power crisis by next year. The caution was contained in a report released by the group.

“Even though the current water levels have improved to about 253.05 feet the record levels were below the minimum levels of 234 feet.

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“Fuel supply has become more challenging, as thermal generation will continue to dominate the sector,” the report said, attributing the inability of the Asogli Power Plant to suspension of gas supply from Nigeria due to Ghana’s indebtedness to the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCO) and NGas.

“The 2017 outlook therefore faces uncertainty due to the decision to permanently moor the FPSO, which will lead to suspension of oil and gas supply from the Jubilee fields for three months starting from April 2016,” the report said.

But speaking to the sit-in host of the Morning Starr Bernard Nassara Saibu, Mr. Jinapor said Ghana has nothing to fear if the roadmap laid by the NDC government is followed.

"We should not have a major hitch going forward with regards to energy supply. We have put in strategic buffer so that in event that Ivory Coast cannot supply us with power, we can supply it from other sources. The government has put in place a number of measures to ensure there is constant power supply for Ghanaians and we expect a massive improvement in the days ahead," he said.

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