The 2021 ‘dumsor’ Timetable Has Arrived

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Ongoing force issues in the nation keep on being a significant worry for most Ghanaians notwithstanding the public authority's affirmation of a steady power supply. 


For them, the current circumstance doesn't actually paint a decent picture as the government proposes. 


They have gigantic feelings of trepidation that the most feared whimsical inventory of force prevalently alluded to as "dumsor" has returned. 


Since the start of 2021, portions of the nation have reliably been dived into a condition of obscurity frequently without earlier notification. 


The circumstance influences the regular daily existences of Ghanaians, particularly the individuals who depend on power to maintain their organizations. They have discredited the effect of the circumstance on exchanging exercises. 


Via online media, specifically, there has been a great deal of discussion about the stressing pattern with those presuming an approaching force emergency approaching specialists to distribute a plan if need be. 


In any case, the force transmission organization, the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has repeated that the circumstance isn't being brought about by age difficulties yet rather, progressing support and fix chips away at some of its hardware and plants. 


Ghana's public blackouts arrived at a crescendo somewhere in the range of 2014 and 2015 during the recent John Dramani Mahama period. 


Quick forward to 2021, the emergency appears to have popped up, albeit the public authority and the different force organizations consistently destroy such concerns. 


IES forecast 


It started in February 2021 when the Institute of Energy Security (IES) anticipated a total closure in power supply in Ghana following the absence of readiness by the public authority to assume control over the Ameri Power bargain. 


As per the Institute, even though Ameri Energy wrote in September 2020 to illuminate the public authority regarding its goal to surrender the plant by the date expressed in the agreement, the public authority of Ghana has not yet conveyed the important strides to guarantee a smooth giving over. 


The first of the occurrences was on February 10, 2021, when the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) reported blackouts in pieces of Accra the following day, February 11. 


This was to empower a project worker to initiate exhuming attempts to interconnect load from the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP) to the Kanda and Airport substations. 


The blackouts were between 10 am and 4 pm every day from February 11 to March 5. 


Territories that were influenced included; Roman Ridge, Parts of Airport Residential Area, Air Site Hotel, Primrose Place and its environs, ECG Roman Ridge District Office, Accra Girls, Maamobi, Kotobabi Polyclinic, Ghana Institute of Engineers, Ebony, Abavana Down, Kotobabi Down, Modex filling station, Alajo, Tobinco and Parts of Tesano. 


Weeks after the fact, GRIDCo credited ensuing blackouts to disturbances in its force supply framework. 


For example, it said gas supply difficulties from the seaward fields were to be faulted for the power outage the evening of Saturday, February 27, 2021. 


From that point forward, Ghanaians in Accra and different pieces of the nation keep on encountering temperamental force supply. 


While some saw low current, others encountered power-line flash. There are likewise the individuals who report an all-out blackout. 


Power outages and clarifications from GRIDCo 


Since the start of the year, GRIDCo has through proclamations given clarifications on six separate blackouts. 


The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) additionally gave an assertion around there. 


Walk 3: GRIDCo said the conclusion of a crisis valve at the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) was at fault for power cuts in pieces of Ghana that day. As indicated by the organization, the activity wound up diminishing gas supply to some producing plants in the country". 


Walk 7: A test in GRIDCo's force framework prompted a complete framework closure and absolute blackout from one side of the country to the other. This prompted a break in the power supply to all pieces of the country. 


Walk 8: The absolute force framework closure that was capable that day was because of a specialized flaw on one of the significant transmission lines among Prestea and Obuasi, as per GRIDCo. By the difficulties, the Ghana Highway Authority reported that segments of the N1, N2, and N4 thruways will encounter some base to greatest interruptions to traffic stream to empower GRIDco to attempt the hanging of transmission line conductors across the N1, N2, and N4. 


Walk 16: The other day (March 15), there was a force cut in pieces of the public capital – Accra. ECG anyway put the blackout on a specialized test from GRIDCo. In a report, ECG clarified "that the blackout being knowledgeable about pieces of Accra and other ECG operational territories is because of a specialized test from GRIDCo". 


Walk 17: Power supply to parts of the Volta Region was hindered for five days because of GRIDCo's broad support works around there. Portions of Hohoe, portions of Ho, Sogakope, Akatsi, Kpando, and Tsito were among the influenced zones. 


Walk 24: The force transmission organization showed that a specialized deficiency upstream was answerable for the blackout experienced in pieces of Accra East, Winneba, Techiman, and Sunyani. In an articulation, GRIDCo said the blackout was accounted for by the Ghana Gas Company which said there was a blower issue upstream, prompting the deficiency of 750 megawatts of force at around 1 am. 


April 4: This was the most recent of the force cuts. GRIDCo credited it to a specialized issue. The organization clarified that its conductor on the Tema-Accra East transmission line fell at Trasacco subsequently the blackout. 


Examiners accept that if the pattern proceeds, industry and organizations will be antagonistically influenced as organizations would need to go through immense amounts of cash to control their force plants.


'Dumsor not back' confirmations 


In the midst of fears that Ghana may get back to the times of burden shedding, GRIDCo guaranteed that it has satisfactory age ability to fulfill needs in the country. 


First was the open letter composed by its Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Amoako-Baah which said, dumsor was not back and that it was inconceivable for such inconsistent force slices to return. 


He contended, that none of the vital members in the force esteem chain was laying on their paddles, with an end goal to look after security, availability, consistency, and dependability of force supply consistently. 


The GRIDCo supervisor unveiled that work on the Tema to Accra transmission line overhaul project is progressing and would be finished in July 2021. 


This undertaking, he said will moreover improve supply dependability in Accra and Tema and guarantee the departure of more force from producing plants in Tema. 


In resulting media interviews, Mr. Amoako-Baah essentially credited the irregular force interruptions as being capable of a framework overhaul and not a customary burden shedding exercise as many keep on misconstruing. 


Later on, GRIDCo demonstrated that the nation may in the coming days experience irregular blackouts for which reason a timetable will before long be attracted and unveiled to empower different upkeep and fix attempts to be done inside the force transmission and dispersion chain the nation over. 


Corporate Communications Manager for GRIDCo, Ebenezer Amankwah said the organization was drawing in the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to settle on how best to approach the blackouts altogether not to seriously affect Ghanaians. 


However, in a proclamation gave on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, GRIDCo called for quiet saying, it did not expect distributing a force proportioning plan. 


Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is likewise on record to have dispersed cases of a re-visitation of 'tumor. 


Partners' take 


The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) vowed to research and address late blackouts in the country. 


PURC said albeit the GRDCo, ECG, and NEDCo were examining the issue, it will likewise dispatch its free examination concerning the issue and will endorse rebellious utility suppliers. 


The Chamber of Independent Power Producers, Distributors, and Bulk Consumers (CIPDiB) additionally requested a full-scale examination concerning difficulties in GRIDCo's force framework lead to add up to framework complete blackout from one side of the country to the other. 


As indicated by the Chamber, it expected that the framework administrators will examine the reason for the force disappointment, how the lattice was reestablished, and unveil the discoveries just as fitting measures to prevent future events. 


Previous Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, accepts the difficulties being looked at in the nation's force area are monetary and not because of specialized blames as being guaranteed by GRIDCo. 


In the interim, a previous Ranking Member on Parliament's select board of trustees on Mines and Energy, Adam Mutawakilu, says GRIDCo's failure to change its framework because of force supply difficulties has prompted the mass force cuts. 


Mr. Mutawakilu featured the requirement for a unique framework to adequately react to such difficulties, just as the requirement for a steady stockpile of fuel to crisis plants to empower them to supply power in the midst of such difficulties. 


Besides, an individual from the National Communication Team of the resistance National Democratic Congress (NDC), Wonder Madilo isn't persuaded with GRIDCo's justification ongoing blackouts in the country. 


He accepts that clarification is a tall tale. 


The public authority keeps on getting a ton of reaction from Ghanaians because of regular power outages. 


Yet, as tension builds on organizations inside Ghana's force dispersion chain following ongoing irregular force cuts, Ghanaians have just been encouraged to deal with the circumstance as works are done to determine the new force difficulties confronting the country.

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