Just when Ghanaians thought dumsor has been conquered, another power constraint emerges. Following the shut down of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana looks up to Cote D’Ivore for power supply.
It was earlier announced that the FPSO would shut down to allow the operators of the facility to undertake mandatory inspection and maintenance. The shut down also led to the reduction in gas supply from the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company. The supply of gas to Atuabo plant which feeds power to the Aboadze territory was affected by this development, it is however expected to commence upon resumption of production from the FPSO.
Reports from the Volta Region Authority (VRA) reveal that it is negotiating with power producers from Cote D’Ivore for a possible supply of power.
The Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Kirk Coffie, has said that the negotiation process is in progress and that the issue would soon be rectified. He said that the meeting held with the stakeholders was successful as the Ivorians have accepted to supply power to the nation for a while.
Power transmission company, GRIDCO which made the announcement has urged citizens to brace themselves for these developments though it is not expected to last long. Also, there are adequate preparations to have enough stock of crude oil to ensure the smooth operation of some thermal plants which convert heat energy to electrical energy.
The company has also assured that engineers are working round the clock to convert the fuel component of dual fuel thermal plant from gas to light crude. Ghanaians are hoping the protocols are hastened in order to avert this current problem.
FPSO Kwame Nkrumah is known as Ghana’s first Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel.