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The Director of Communications for the Ghana Gas Company Limited, Ernest Owusu Bempah, has denied reports that his outfit is the cause of the country’s current power challenges.

He says the problem is from their distributors who had technical challenges in the supply of Gas for further distribution.

His comment follows a statement by the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) which attributed recent power outages experienced mostly in the capital to a drop in the supply of gas to the Aboadze Thermal Plant in the Western Region.

The development, according to GRIDCo, is responsible for the blackouts during peak periods between 7 pm and 9 pm in recent times.

Supply of power has been erratic over the past couple of days prompting social media discussions of a possible return to the dreaded days of “dumsor,” which crippled business activities for nearly four years.

But speaking on Okay FM's 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, Mr. Owusu Bempah vehemently denied media reports that Ghana Gas could not give enough gas to generate the needed capacity of power, stressing that the report was fallacious and misleading.

"Tullow Ghana Limited, operators of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah are facing challenges with their machines, a situation that has led to a significant reduction in the amount of available gas for the generation of power," he said.

According to him Ghana Gas cannot be blamed for the current power outages.

"Our job is to wait for gas from Tullow but unfortunately, Tullow is having issues with their machines which are supposed to supply the gas, that is why we keep experiencing the recent power outage,"
he added.

However, he thinks the problem has been rectified and supply will soon be restored to the power producers.

Source: Isaac Kwame Owusu/Peacefmonline.com/[email protected]

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