General News of Wed, 25 Feb 201524

Power crisis to stabilise by July

The current power crisis is likely to improve by July this year, according to persons working in the country's power generation and distribution sector.

According to these sources, the July 2015 prediction for a possible end to the severe load-shedding exercise is based on some emergency power generators and ships that are expected in the country from April.

The forecast by the engineers who spoke to Joy Business on conditions of anonymity is also based on new steam turbine generators that TICO is constructing. The turbines should be connected to the national grid within the next three months they say.

The engineers said water levels at the Akosombo dam is expected to improve from July as the raining season sets in from June.

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They, however, blame the current shortfall in the country's generation capacity and limited supply in power on Ivory Coast's inability to provide Ghana with an expected 80 megawatts power. Ghana is currently getting only 20 megawatts from its neighbour.

Ghana needs about 2,040 megawatts of power to adequately supply load requirements, but only 1000 megawatts is currently available.

Ghanaians are enduring a debilitating 24 hours of lights out against 12 hours of light, the worse load shedding schedule in country's history.

Industrial enclaves in the country have also not been spared the load shedding exercise.

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