By Adu Koranteng
The Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah, has revealed that the president of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo has released enough funds as part of his commitment to ensure that the country generates enough electric power to sustain demand
Speaking in an interview, Hon. Twum Barimah assured the general public that government has no intention of embarking on a nationwide load shedding programme. He said the transmission companies are just carrying out key projects to enhance power supply reliability in some parts of the country.
He noted that there is a concerted effort by all stakeholders, led by the Energy Ministry, to ensure consistent, accessible and reliable power supply throughout the year.
“I can tell you for a fact that there is adequate power generating capacity to meet electricity demand in the country. All stakeholders in the power sector value chain are working together to ensure consistent supply of power to the people of Ghana and beyond”.
Hon. Twum Barimah said Ghana’s peak demand of power increased from 2,957MW in March 2020 to over 3,200MW in February 2021.”At this rate, most of our distribution and transmission lines have to be expanded and old ones upgraded to stop the overloading,”
He believes that the completion of the 161kV Dankwa-Anyanfuri-Asawinso and the 161kV Aboadze-Prestea-Dunkwa transmission corridors would help improve power delivery across the country.
Ghana currently has over 4,000 MW of installed generation capacity which is able to cover every corner of the country it its fully operationalized.