“Dumsor Will Not Surface Again, We have Resolved It” – Peter Amewu
THE Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu has hinted that power outages popularly called dumsor, is now a thing of the past due to the efforts of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to revamp and revitalize the electricity and internet networks in the country.
“Dumsor will not surface again. We have resolved it,” he said with pride.
According to him, he’s very much convinced that the country would no longer experience power crisis, which became endemic under erstwhile John Mahama’s National Democratic Congress administration adding that, the recent challenges with power supply is due to some technical challenges and not as a result of a low generation capacity as circulated.
Most parts of Accra and Kumasi over the past few weeks experienced frequent power outages, sparking concerns of a possible return to the days of “dumsor,” where power is rationed in the country.
But the Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu suggested that there were challenges of supplying gas to some of the country’s installed power plants particularly the Karpower plant at Tema in Accra.
He said the Ministry while working to move the plant from Tema to Takoradi where constant gas supply is guaranteed, is looking to find light crude oil to be used to power other plants that are able to be fuel with both light crude and gas.
“Number one is to get some light crude oil as a substitute for some of the plants that are dualized. Like the gas is not available, we should be able to use the light crude oil as a substitute. We are working day in and day out to make sure that we relocate the Karpower plant from Tema to Takoradi. When that is done, there is going to be sustainable gas supply directly to the power. We are not yet at all near the era of dumsor. Dumsor is a thing of the past and we need to work to make sure that we don’t come back to the era any longer,” he indicated.