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GRIDCo blames ‘gas supply challenge’ for Friday’s power outage

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The Ghana Grid Company Ltd (GRIDCo) has provided more clarity on last night’s widespread power outage that affected various parts of Accra on Friday, September 8, 2023.

This comes after the Electricity Company of Ghana attributed the development to a ‘technical challenge emanating from GRIDCo.

GRIDCo explained that the power interruption that occurred was due to a gas supply challenge experienced in the Western Region.

This gas supply issue resulted in significantly reduced electricity generation in the Aboadze enclave, contributing to the subsequent power disruption.

“The disturbance occurred following a Gas supply challenge in the Western Region which led to very low electricity generation in the Aboadze enclave. To make up for this challenge, more power was generated in Tema and transmitted through the 161 and 330kV lines that link the East to the West,” the company said in a September 9 statement.

It added that at about 7:03 pm, a transient fault occurred within the power transmission system, leading to the system disturbance and the widespread power outage experienced by residents in various parts of Accra.

GRIDCo expressed regret for any inconvenience caused by the power outage and assured the general public that efforts are continually being made to enhance the reliability and stability of the national power grid.

The company reiterated its commitment to delivering consistent and uninterrupted power supply to the people of Ghana while working diligently to prevent future disruptions.

GRIDCo remains dedicated to addressing the evolving challenges in the energy sector to ensure that Ghanaians have access to reliable and sustainable electrical power.

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