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Expect more blackouts – Energy Institute

General News of Thursday, 14 March 2019

Source: adomonline.com

DUMSOR BLACKOUTBlackout in Accra

An expert from the Institute of Energy Security (IES) has urged Ghanaians to embrace themselves up for more power outages.

The Executive Director of the IES, Paa Kwesi Anamoah Sakyi, has said the Power Distribution Services Ghana (PDS), the new company which has taken over from the Electricity Company of Ghana, may have failed already.

Mr Sakyi has accused the PDS of not being truthful to Ghanaians in the wake of renewed energy crisis.

“It is obvious that we are back where we were before and for that matter I want to urge the new power distribution outfit to come out and make it clear to us else we should brace ourselves up for more power outages,” he said on Accra-based radio station, Neat FM as monitored by Adomonline.com.

Power outages have surged in recent times with with many parts of the country experiencing unsual blackouts for the second week running.

The PDS has attributed the blackouts to problems experienced at the Bulk Supply Points but the regularity with which the outages are happening have caused many to doubt their explanations.

A statement by the outfit said GRIDCO, the system controller, was investigating the problem which has resulted in a shutdown of bulk supply points at Mallam, Graphic among others around 7:20 pm 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.

But Mr Anamoah Sakyi has called on government and the power distributor, to declare “dumsor – or scheduled load shedding – and publish a corresponding timetable to regulate the process.

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