Ghana Power Shortages to Ease by End of Year, Mahama Says

  • New, expanded power plants will help end daily power outages
  • Domestic natural gas supply to more than double on new fields

Ghana will add additional electricity supply by the end of the year that will lessen the frequency of power outages, President John Dramani Mahama said.

New thermal plants and an expansion at existing ones will improve the power supply, Mahama told reporters in Accra, the capital. The government has commissioned projects to add at least 3,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020, almost doubling installed capacity of about 2,800 megawatts, he said. Electricity demand is growing at about 12 percent per year, he said.

Ghana has been cutting power to parts of the capital for more than a year for as long as 24 hours a day because of a shortage of natural gas and a low water level at its largest hydropower dam. Mahama promised earlier in the year to end the constant power outages plaguing the country and limiting economic growth.

About 1,200 megawatts of capacity will be added by the end of the year, including thermal plants, an offshore power barge and a solar plant, Mahama said.

The development of the TEN and Sankofa offshore fields will boost domestic supply of natural gas to about 300 million standard cubic feet per day from a capacity of about 120 million standard cubic feet currently, Mahama said.

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