The Deputy Minister of Power, Mr John Jinapor has given indication that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) would come out with a load shedding timetable should the current power generation challenge last longer than expected.
According to him, the current instability in power supply being experienced in the country is as a result of a shortage in fuel supply to the Volta River Authority (VRA) from Sahara Oil.
He said in an interview on Citi FM that Sahara Oil was supposed to deliver the fuel by June 23, 2016 “but there’ve been some militant attacks in Nigeria and that has affected the schedule.”
“Because of that we had to stretch ourselves a bit and so we are now running on reserves and we are unable to run at full capacity. So it’s created some amount of deficit and we are working on it,” Mr Jinapor explained.
According to him, per new arrangements, the fuel is expected to be delivered by Friday, July 8.
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“The schedule they have given us is that they intend lifting today and I have asked Sahara to come to the office and update us…Sarah has indicated that they expect to deliver the fuel on the 8th.”
Mr Jinapor however noted that should Sahara Oil fail to deliver the fuel by the scheduled date, the ECG would have to come up with a load shedding timetable.
“We need to monitor for some time and be sure that maybe over the couple of days or weeks we are going to have consistent deficit and if it happens that way and we are certain in our minds we shall inform Ghanaians and if there’s a need to have a timetable we will do that.”