Nigerian Gas Shortage Triggers Three More Weeks of Power Cuts in Ghana


Parts of Ghana are expected to endure power cuts for at least another three weeks due to a shortage of gas supplies from Nigeria. The state power firm attributed the issue to maintenance work at an unnamed Nigerian gas supplier.

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Ghanaians have long dealt with regular power shortages, commonly referred to as “dumsor,” which means “on and off” in the Akan language. The demand for power has surged over the past two decades, driven by rapid urbanization and population growth.

To address the shortfall, Ghana’s government needs to secure approximately $400 million (£315 million) to purchase gas and liquid fuel for power plants. The ongoing power shortages, which began earlier this year, are also linked to growing debt. The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) owes about $1.2 billion to private energy producers, including Nigerian suppliers. Last July, private suppliers threatened to halt operations due to unpaid arrears.

The situation has also impacted neighboring countries. People in Togo and Benin are experiencing gas shortages, as noted in a statement from the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), which stressed that the current situation is beyond its control.

Public frustration has been mounting, prompting the Electricity Company of Ghana and the Ghana Grid Company to release a joint statement on Thursday. They assured the public that efforts are being made to minimize the impact of the gas supply reduction on consumers. To manage the limited supplies efficiently, the companies plan to implement load-shedding, although they had previously disagreed over the responsibility for providing a load-shedding schedule.

The companies committed to managing the disruptions effectively to ensure essential services remain uninterrupted during the period of reduced gas supply. This development comes just two months after President Nana Akufo-Addo reduced electricity exports to Togo, Burkina Faso, and Benin due to supply challenges.

Ghana, which is one of the world’s leading producers of gold and cocoa, has increasingly relied on gas for electricity generation in recent years. Despite this, the country’s hydro and thermal power sources often suffer from poor maintenance, exacerbating the power crisis amidst its worst economic downturn in a decade.

By Naija247news
By Naija247news
Naija247news is an investigative news platform that tracks news on Nigerian Economy, Business, Politics, Financial and Africa and Global Economy.

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