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06.04.2019 General News

Load-Shedding Suspended After GRIDCo Stepped In

By News Desk
Load-Shedding Suspended After GRIDCo Stepped In
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Power Distribution Services (PDS) has suspended the recently introduced load-shedding exercise which started today Friday.

The company released separate schedules for load-shedding across the country on Friday citing a shortfall in power supply.

The statement said the decision was taken after a meeting with the Volta River Authority (VRA) and Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC).

But PDS later on Friday evening said power generation company, Ghana GRIDCO told the company that it has enough power for distribution.

Confirming the latest development on Eyewitness News, Head of Public Relations at PDS, William Boateng said: “We have been directed by GRIDCO the aggregator to suspend the load shedding management schedule until further notice because they have sufficient generation. It means that we are not following the load shedding management programme again so whatever we published today for tomorrow cannot be effected. So from tomorrow, we might get further clarity.”

“Earlier, we were also directed to pick all loops within our system. What it means is that we should give everyone supply. It was just this evening that we received a firm direction from them that we should suspend the schedule until further notice and notify my customers accordingly. All I have been told is that there is sufficient generation and that my customers are not going to go off”, he added.

Before this suspension, PDS noted that “since generation deficit varies, PDS may review the outages depending on the situation upstream, [and some] areas may experience outages.”

It also said the outages were as a result of the shut down of the Atuabo Gass processing plant.

Although many Ghanaians have been reporting blackouts in their communities, it was a nationwide outage that ignited concern about a possible return to intense load-shedding experienced between 2014 and 2015.

This was after observers like the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) urged the state to admit that there were generation challenges and release a load shedding timetable to enable Ghanaians plan.