Barely two months after he told Parliament during the state of the nation address that his government had overcome the power crisis, President John Dramani Mahama, has reminded Ghanaians that Ghana is not out of the woods yet, in her quest for sustainable energy.
The president during the State of the Nation address explained that although there are some challenges in the distribution of power, his government has put in place enough measures that will solve the power challenges in the coming months.
Ghana for the past years has been experiencing erratic power supply which has led to the collapse of businesses.
Government in a move to alleviate the effects of the crisis, imported two power ships to augment the country’s current power supply.
It also imported some plants from Ameri Power in that regard. Ghanaians were also made to pay more for power.
Speaking on the energy situation on Monday, President Mahama also explained that Ghana is still facing some energy challenges because of lack of gas.
“Our energy challenges are not over but at least for now, we have been able to fix the problem, we are able to match demand and supply, even though we are living dangerously because our redundancy is small, not because we don’t have the generating capacity but because several of our generating assets are gas-based. We are not able to get enough gas to feed them.”
“For instance if you take the eastern generating area which is Tema, we have almost 600MW of gas-based generation but are not getting gas through the West African Gas pipeline to be able to run them. One reason is because Nigeria’s demand for gas is increasing and there is regular destruction of the gas infrastructure and so we get a certain volume today, tomorrow it drops so you cannot predict how you are running those assets,” he added.