Dumsor Caused By Transmission Challenges, Not Generation Faults—Amewu
Minister for Energy, Hon. John-Peter Amewu says the current power outages in the country is purely operational and technical challenge at the transmission stage and not technical faults at the generation or distribution stage of power value chain.
“The fundamental cause of the blackout is the ongoing construction of the road interchange at Pokuase which has necessitated the diversion of the 330kV transmission line towers that runs from Tema to Aboadze in that vicinity. This requires taking an outage of the entire line to undertake the diversion," he stated.
Hon. Amewu said this when he met with members of parliament to update them on the current power situation in the country.
According to the Minister, as a result of the ongoing works on the 330kV line, no power was transmitted on the Aboadze to Accra transmission line leaving power to be transmitted from Akosombo through Mallam, Winneba, and Cape Coast to the Western part of the country.
“As a result of the outage on the 330kV line, no power was transmitted on the Aboadze to Accra that is, from west to east. Instead, power has had to be transmitted from Akosombo through Mallam, Winneba and Cape Coast to the Western part of the country through the 161kV transmission line. These 161kV lines become overloaded, thereby causing it to trip as a protective measure to avoid any major damage to equipment. It is important to note, however, that the transmission lines across the country are interconnected to the extent that disruption in one transmission line has a ripping effect on others,” he explained.
Addressing Members of Parliament in the August House on Friday, 15th March, 2019, the sector minister announced that works are far advanced to tackle the current power situation.
“We are in constant touch with GRIDCo and the Contractors to expedite work and complete the relocation of the towers according to schedule to enable the restoration of the 330kV line. The relocation works have been scheduled for completion by Tuesday March 19 2019. Our engineers are engaging their Japanese counterparts to resolve the technical challenges at the new Accra Central substation. Efforts are being made to expedite the work to relocate the towers on the line as well as put in mitigation to minimize further disturbances in the short term till the work is completed by the weekend, " he emphasised.
Hon. John-Peter Amewu reiterated that Government is fully committed to ensuring that power system of the country functions effectively.
“Mr. Speaker, in conclusion, let me state that the events that led to challenges that the power system of Ghana experienced are by no means the return of dumsor. We are working assiduously to address the situation. This government is committed to ensuring that the power system of Ghana functions effectively to make Ghanaians happy” he stressed.