Ghana: Assurances of uninterrupted power supply, new police chief reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Against the background of fears that a planned shutdown by the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) for maintenance and other works in February would lead to a generation shortfall of electricity, players in the power sector have been assuring consumers that adequate measures have been put in place to forestall load shedding.

This was one of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week.

The planned shutdown will result in the loss of 230MW from the AMERI plant, whose operations depend solely on gas supply from the GNGC. Ghana has installed capacity of more than 3,000MW with a generation mix of hydro, gas and light crude oil. There is a small percentage supplied by solar and diesel.

“Power companies to mitigate the impact of shortfall in generation,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic newspaper which reported that power producers and suppliers had jointly scoffed at speculations that the country could be plunged back into power crisis soon.

It said Volta River Authority (VRA), a major power generating company, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), the bulk power supplier, and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the power distributor, in a joint press statement said they “have put in adequate measures to mitigate the impact of the shortfall”.

They said they planned to generate additional power from the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric plants, and also from the Tema thermal plant, which operates on light crude oil and Kpone thermal plant, which operates on diesel, while imports from Cote d’Ivoire will be purchased to make up for the supply deficit. Tema and Kpone are located just east of Accra.

Additionally, some of the thermal units at Aboadze, in the west of the country, that have been shut down for planned maintenance would be returned into service during this period.

The planned shutdown of GNGC is also to allow for the connection and commissioning of the gas pipeline system and other equipment from the TEN fields to the Atuabo processing plant from 3-20 February, 2017.

The statement said the connection of the TEN oil fields to the Atuabo plant was critical as it would significantly increase the amount of natural gas to run the power generating facilities at Aboadze and improve the overall reliability of power supply to the general public.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times in its story also said power producers and suppliers had dismissed speculations that the country could soon be plunged into power outages.

It said they said “adequate measures to mitigate the impact of the shortfall have been put in place”.

The Graphic in a story under the headline, “Parliament commends ECOWAS for timely intervention in The Gambia” reported that Parliament had lauded the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its timely intervention in resolving the stalemate in the aftermath of the elections in The Gambia with the deployment of troops which compelled former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh to step down.

The story said the MPs further expressed appreciation to the ECOWAS troops for not employing military intervention to oust the former Gambian President and as a result avoiding bloodshed.

The MPs urged the new Gambian government to work towards reforming the electoral laws in order to protect the electoral system.

The newspapers also highlighted the appointment of a new police chief by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The Graphic in its story with the headline, “Asante-Apeatu named IGP” said the president had named Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr David Asante-Apeatu as the acting Inspector General of Police.

Mr Asante-Apeatu takes over from Mr John Kudalor, who had called earlier at the Flagstaff House to bid the president farewell.

Until his appointment, Mr Asante-Apeatu was the Head of the General ICT Department at the Police Headquarters and Head of the Marine Police.

He is also a former Director-General in charge of Research and former Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department.

The President said per the Constitution, he ought to have made the appointment in consultation with the Council of State, but explained that the council was being reconstituted and for that reason, the new IGP was being appointed in an acting capacity.

President Akufo-Addo described the acting IGP as the most qualified officer for the position and tasked him to do his best for the nation.
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28 january 2017 08:07:33

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