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Vultures causing recent 'dumsor' - ECG

Some parts of Accra have been experiencing power outages in recent times.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has said recent power outages in some areas in the Greater Accra region Tuesday are due to due to the activities of vultures and other birds.

Such animals are believed to cause interruption to switching structures, causing intermittent power cuts.

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But the Director of Operations at the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Tetteh Ankamah Okyne insists that “The power cut being witnessed in Accra and certain parts of the country is due to the activities of vultures and other birds and we are working hard to address the problem.”

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He made this known last week when the Public Utility Regulatory Commission convened a meeting among the power producers including VRA, GRIDCO, ECG, Asogli, and so on to find out the cause of the power cut being witnessed in Accra and certain parts of the country lately.

The Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor last month dismissed claims by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that Ghana may suffer another load shedding crisis in 2017 if the governing National Democratic Congress is given a second term.

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According to him, Ghana has sufficient power than it even requires.

Mr Boakye Agyarko, policy advisor of the NPP in a press conference on Wednesday said “the NDC has not demonstrated any measure of control in addressing the challenge”.

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He said: “many businesses and residential consumers of electricity are justifiably afraid that ‘dumsor’ will come back if the NDC is retained in power”.

According to him, “Gas supply from Nigeria stopped in June this year and may not be resumed soon due to government’s failure to pay outstanding debts in excess of US $160million.”

“Gas supply from Jubilee Field will also stop at the FPSO and it is expected to be shut down for repairs for the period between three to six months. With these developments, Asogli and AMERI will not be able to generate power.

“We are, therefore, estimating that Ghana will experience a shortage of up to 700 megawatts of power early next year, which may be dragged lower as Akosombo [Dam] may be drafted in spite of the lower water level,” he said.

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