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Over 70% of Power Outages Stemmed from Scheduled Maintenance Works – ECG Tells PURC

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has disclosed issuing more than 100 power outage notifications in the first two and a half months of the year, citing maintenance activities as the primary cause.

This revelation came in response to a request from the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) for the ECG’s power outage records for the current year. Among the three inquiries posed to the power distributor, this response was the only one expected by March 27th. Notably, one of PURC’s key requests to the ECG was the provision of a load shedding schedule.

According to the PURC’s assessment, the ECG failed to comply with two out of eight directives, notably the release of a load-shedding timetable. The PURC has communicated the ECG’s failure or inability to provide this crucial information to its commissioners, who will determine the appropriate course of action, potentially including sanctions as previously mentioned.

Based on the Ghana Energy Commission’s 2024 forecast, there is expected to be a reliable capacity of 4,756 MW available for the grid to meet the estimated system peak demand of 3,788 MW. However, planned maintenance for generating units and fuel supply considerations may reduce the available capacity by approximately 356 MW.

On Thursday, March 28, 2024, the ECG issued a power outage notice labeled as a ‘GRIDCo outage,’ affecting a total of 69 areas, all situated in Tema.

In Tema area 1, predominantly residential, 32 different areas experienced the outage, including Afienya, Christian International School, the entire Prampram township, Dawhenya, and several others.

Similarly, Tema area 2, primarily industrial, encountered the outage, affecting 37 different locations such as Japan Motors, Unilever, GPHA Terminal 1&2, the Tema Oil Refinery Pumping station, Dangote Cement, Dzata Cement, Cocobod Warehouse, and 30 other critical sites.