Information currently being picked up by Pinaxonline.com indicates that the Energy Ministry has finally come out to disclose that the frequent power cuts in parts of the country over the past weeks will ease by the first week of March 2020.
Deputy Minister, William Owuraku Aidoo revealed on Tuesday that ongoing repair works on the gas pipeline from Nigeria to Ghana, which caused the outages, are almost complete and supply will return to normal.
“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,” Mr. Owuraku Aidoo said on Newsnite.
“We apologise for the inconvenience… the engineers are working,” he said.
The Deputy Minister, however, recalled an announcement from his outfit on January 18, 19 and 20 informing the public of 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 [in] the gas pipeline and check on the integrity of the inner lining of the gas pipeline.”
“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,” Mr. Aidoo added.