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No blackouts in 2018, Ghana’s energy minister assures


‘From stable supply, we are moving to uninterruptible supply’

By John Eche



Ghana’s Energy Minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, has assured that his ministry was committed to ensuring continuous and sustainable supply of electricity in the country all through 2018.

He stated this at the inauguration of the Electricity Market Oversight Panel (EMOP), an eleven-member panel that is expected to monitor the general performance of the power sector in the country.

He equally expressed his optimism that the work of the panel will also help in ensuring even more affordable power supply for electricity consumers.

“We have put in the necessary arrangements and mechanisms to ensure that disruption does not disrupt power production and consumption by consumers, and a body like EMOP will help in mitigating and managing whatever circumstances we find ourselves in but it is our commitment to keep the light on despite whatever happens,” he articulated.

Describing the current situation as one of stable supply, Agyarko added that his ministry will not rest until he is able to move to the precipice of uninterruptible power supply.

“We have moved from an interrupted power situation to a stable power situation and it is our goal to move to an uninterruptible state where whatever happens in generation, distribution and transmission has no material effect on our consumers. “That is the journey we are taking.

There will be hiccups along the way no doubt about it but it is our responsibility as managers of the system that whatever hiccups, there could be anticipation and it will be dealt with before they happen,” he said.

The members of the EOMP are its Chairman, Mr, Michael Opam, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Energy Commission, Executive Secretary of PURC, Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCO, Head of System Operations, GRIDCO, Mr. Ebenezer Baiden, Mr. Samuel K. Desouza, Nana Osae Nyampong VI, Abubakari Obuama Addy, William Amuna and Eric Kyem.


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