Ghana resorts to load shedding due to gas supply shortfall from Nigeria

Ghana resorts to load shedding due to gas supply shortfall from Nigeria
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Ghana resorts to load shedding due to gas supply shortfall from Nigeria

The Electricity Company of Ghana and the Ghana Grid Company Limited have announced a three-week power outage due to reduced gas supply from Nigeria.

This development, revealed in a statement on Thursday, is due to maintenance work by a Nigerian gas supplier.

The statement reads:

“The West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) has explained in a statement that the reduction in gas supply is due to maintenance works being undertaken by a gas supplier in Nigeria and is projected to last three weeks,”

“The maintenance has caused a reduction in the overall power generation capacity in Ghana, which could result in load management over the period of the work.” the statement further added.

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GRIDCo and ECG assured the public that they are collaborating with other stakeholders in the power value chain to optimize available resources and minimize the impact of reduced gas supply on consumers.

The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) previously announced a reduction in gas volumes available for transportation due to a Nigerian producer shutting down its facility for maintenance.

This decrease has affected the gas supply to WAPCo’s customers in Togo, Benin, and Ghana.

What the company said:

“One of the producers of the natural gas WAPCo transports from Nigeria has shut down its facility for a three-week maintenance, resulting in a decrease available to transport for customers in Togo, Benin and Ghana.”

“The current situation is entirely out of WAPCo’s control,” the company added.

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Ghana, one of the world’s largest producers of gold and cocoa, has become increasingly reliant on gas as a major energy source for electricity generation in recent years.


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