Where’s the so-called excess capacity? – John Jinapor quizzes government over load shedding timetable

John Jinapor is the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee.

Ranking Member on Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee says there is no justification for the imminent power generation shortfall as a result of maintenance works being carried out by the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) at Atuabo.

John Jinapor said if there is indeed an excess capacity as has been reported by the government in times past, then there ought to be any power outages due to the Ghana Gas exercise. 

The Yapei-Kusawgu MP insists that this means government has not been forthright with information on the country’s power generation abilities.

In a Facebook post on Friday, March 31, the former Deputy Power Minister asked the government to show concern and be truthful to Ghanaians at all times. 

“Dumsor from loss of just 150mw? So where’s the so-called excess capacity of over 2000mw.”

There will be an interruption of power supply to some parts of the country beginning April 1, 2023, and will last for 14 days.

The Ghana Gas Company plans to shut down its Atuabo processing plant for thorough maintenance works.

The shutdown will affect the gas supply to some power plants.

Director of Communications at Ghana Gas, Ernest Owusu Bempah confirmed the development and said the maintenance was necessary for maximum performance of the plant.

“The engineers thought it wise that we need to do some major maintenance hence the shutdown,” he stated.

Following this, the ECG has released a load management schedule from Thursday, March 30 to Friday, April 7, between 6 pm and 11 pm.

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