Few weeks ago some parts of Ghana have been experiencing some level of intermittent power supply and as such some Ghanaians were thinking that this was an indication of ‘dumsor'(constant power outages) about rearing its ugly face.
Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) in a number of occasions explained to Ghanaians that there are technical issues they are sorting out hence the intermittent power outages. The company has also urged Ghanaians to be calm as they are working hard to restore constant power supply as a result of maintenance work on-going.
The Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a forum in Accra says there will power outages due to the upgrade work in progress at Kasoa and Pokuase substations in May, 2021.
The Energy Minister did not give specific locations in Ghana where there will be systematic power outages, but hinted on the fact that Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in collaboration with his Ministry will deliver such information ahead of time.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh popularly known as NAPO says there is an on-going Revised National Energy Policy which is at its final stages of completion.
“Just two days ago, I received a letter from MiDA [Millennium Development Authority] who are helping upgrade the Pokuase and Kasoa substations. They informed me that the progress of the substation is such that in the month of May, there will be systematic power outages, so we have invited both ECG and GRIDCo and in the light of that, let us sit and plan and communicate with the people who will be affected way before it happens.”
“A revised Energy Policy is going through its final processes of consultation. At the appropriate time of approval, it will be made available to everyone,” Dr. Prempeh said.