Parts of Ghana hit by blackouts again



General News of Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

DUMSOR DARK 696x427Large part of the country experienced a blackout of Tuesday.

Many parts of the country have been hit with widespread blackout for the second evening in one week.

Citinewsroom.com can report that there has been a System surge in the power grid.

GRIDCO, the system controller, is presently investigating the problem which has resulted in a shutdown of bulk supply points at Mallam, Graphic among others around 7:20pm today [Wednesday].

The affected areas include Madina, Koforidua, Achimota, Kasoa, North Kaneshie, Cape Coast and other areas.

The system imbalances have caused major power outages in a lot of communities with the system voltage at some sectors monitored reducing to 26KV.

Generation data available to citinewsroom.com show that power generation around 7:30pm Wednesday night was It’s 7:30pm was 1420MW with a Projected Peak Load of 2600MW, indicating a deficit of over 1000MW.

System generation also dropped to 1350 MW as at 8:00pm.

Large part of the country experienced a blackout of Tuesday.

While there has not been clear explanations for these happening but sources close to Citinewsroom.com say that system disturbances forced the Kpong Hydro Station led to Tuesday’s shut down.

Ghanaians have subsequently taken to social media to comment on the current power situation in their respective areas.

Some social media users have been posting on the current power situation in their respective neighbourhoods.

As at 7:30pm, the term ‘dumsor’ which refers to the intermittent power outage was featuring prominently in the Ghana Twitter trends.

Ghanaians react on social media

Many Ghanaians seem to be blaming the new company that took over the management of the Electricity Company of Ghana, PDS for the crisis.

But GRIDCo, the systems operator has issued an apology for the near nationwide blackout on Tuesday.

PDS has also assured the public that it receives enough power from power generation companies for onward distribution.

But as the face of the energy sector, the company remains to blame for the power outages in the eyes of the public.

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