Government will by the end of the year bring all power generating plants on stream in a desperate bid to end the erratic power supply in the country.

That, according to the Communications Consultant at the Ministry of Energy, Edward Bawa is the short term measure to solving Ghana's power crisis.

In a long term, however, there is a "cocktail of strategy" including increasing the generation capacity and exploring the best fuel mix to power the energy plants, Bawa indicated in an interview with Joy News, Friday.

The country has been plunged into a rather protracted energy crisis with its attendant load shedding policy. Some of the major thermal plants have been shut down temporarily for repair works. Others too, at a time, were shut down due to lack of gas or light crude.

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At a round table discussion organised by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions, the Chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament Dr Kwabena Donkor criticised Ghana's energy policy and the seemingly over-reliance on Nigeria for gas supply to power the thermal plants.

He also described as deceitful, suggestions that gas supply from the yet to be completed Atuabo gas  infrastructure would solve Ghana's energy crisis.

At best, Dr Donkor said the gas from Atuabo would save Ghana an amount of $500 million, but will in no way be the solution to Ghana's power crisis.

Edward Bawa agrees largely with the views shared by Dr Donkor.

He said the gas from Atuabo is just some 150million standard cubic feet, at a time the country is looking for more than 270 million standard cubic feet of gas to power its plants.

He said the country is looking for alternative fuel mix and cited a 700 megawatts plant to be powered by coal next year.

Edward Bawa said they are also exploring the possibility of securing other emergency badges to shore up power supply in the country.

 

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