Emergency solution to power crisis is a problem – Energy expert

Head of the Policy Unit at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr Ishmael Ackah, has raised concerns about government’s approach to solving the power crisis facing the country.

According to him, government’s investment in emergency power generators would come back to haunt to country in the future.

He said a 500 megawatt generational deficit that triggered the current power crisis could have been solved with investment in light crude oil to fuel existing power plants.

He was speaking Tuesday on PM Express, a current affairs programme aired on the Joy News channel on Multi TV.

“I would have wanted a permanent solution. Let us get more fuel and work in expanding our thermal plants. Especially knowing that TEN and Sankofa will give us power in 2017; especially knowing that Quantum Power is building regasification plant that will come on board in 2017; especially knowing that GE is investing in 1,000 megawatts plant. These are permanent solutions. But we went in for the expensive option and that is the problem,” Dr Ackah said.

A 225 megawatts power barge is expected in the country later this month from Turkey.

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has also received a 250-megawatt plant from Africa and Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) based in Dubai to augment the country’s power mix.

However, Dr Ackah says these emergency power options would strain the country’s finances. He said it costs about four times more to generate power with generators compared to hydro.

Kwame Jantuah
Also on the show was Kwame Jantuah, another energy expert, who urged government to be transparenct about its activites in the power sector.

Watch the full programme hosted by Nana Ansah Kwao IV below.

Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | [email protected]

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