Speaking to JoyNews yesterday, he said the current blackouts are due to an almost completed ongoing repair works on the Nigeria-Ghana gas pipeline and soon power supply will go back to normal.
Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo talked about the announcement from the ministry of energy to notify the public on the scheduled “...major works on the pipeline, the 500 km pipeline from Nigeria to Ghana which supplies gas to mainly the Tema enclave, that there was going to be cleaning out the gas pipeline and check on the integrity of the inner lining of the gas pipeline", on January 18, 19 and 20. He affirmed that gas will be launched through Tema's end of the pipeline and after the progressing repairs, the power supply will return to normalcy.
According to him, there was a back-up arrangement that was set to save the public from suffering the impact of the exercise but there were some technical hitches after some power plants expected to generate about 400 megawatts, went off.
On NewsNight yesterday, the Deputy Minister for Energy said this;
"This is going to be for just a few more days, and we will come to normal... It is not as people have been saying that 'dumsor' is back and we've gone back to the bad old days again, no. This is work that needed to be done to ensure the integrity of the pipeline and gas supply to our generators, We apologise for the inconvenience... the engineers are working. We did take steps to try and reduce to the barest minimum the interruptions in the power supply because we shouldn't forget that Ghana, of course, we have our own indigenous gas that we can flow from the west to the east, but unfortunately because of this work, the gas from the west to the east, that is from Takoradi to the Tema enclave could not also be supplied. The Kpone Thermal Plant, we've lost one of the generators, which is giving us something in the region of 100 megawatts. We have also lost the TICO Plant [Takoradi International Plant], we've lost parts of it as well, which were not foreseen. We made all these plans and unfortunately this has happened. Cenpower also, we were taking 180, a combination of 360, one turbine is gone off losing 180 so when we combine these unforeseen generators that have gone off..., right now we are losing something in the region of between 100 and 200 megawatts.
“The plants that have gone down that I have enumerated amounts to well over 300, almost 400 megawatts, so that is what has caused this problem but like I said, this is going to be for a few more days and we will come back to normalcy. So I'll apologise once again on behalf of the Ministry of Energy that we will come back to normal. It is not as people have been saying that 'dumsor' is back and we've gone back to the bad old days again, no. This is work that needed to be done to ensure the integrity of the pipeline and gas supply to our generators."