General News of Mon, 4 May 201551

Load shedding to reduce

The ongoing load shedding is likely to minimise in the coming days following the resumption of operations at the Atuabo gas processing plant, Joy News sources say.

The gas processing plant was shut down for routine maintenance works on April 20 this year.

The sources say the brief shutdown of the gas plant -- coupled with the shut down another privately owned power plant -- has been the cause of an intensified load shedding exercise in the past weeks.

The current load shedding, for some time now, has suddenly moved from every other day to about two days or even five days in some localities, although no official reason has been provided.

The sources at some of the country's power producing firms say but for the delays to hit full supply capacity at the Atuabo gas plant, the load shedding could reduce even sooner.

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The sources further say the machines used by power producers run better on gas, indicating that Atuabo could not have resumed operations at a better time.

The power producers were using crude oil to run their machines when the plant went offline.

In a related development, Joy Business sources say that Takoradi International Company (TICO) -- a privately owned power producer -- could soon connect another unit to the national grid.

Although timelines are not forthcoming, when TICO adds another unit to the grid, it would also reduce the country's power generation deficit significantly.

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