Director in charge of the Ashanti Region’s strategic business unit of the ECG, Engineer David Asamoah, has urged calm among people residing in the Ashanti Region as he says the recent erratic power cuts will soon be resolved.

Speaking on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show, on Thursday, he assured the residents that the crisis will be addressed by December 20, 2021.

“According to our partners [that is GRIDCo and our other partners], we’ve given ourselves 20th December. By the 20th or before, the supply will be restored to normalcy. It will not go beyond the 20th,” he said.

He explained that the situation is a result of an incident that occurred on November 9, 2021.

“ECG Ashanti takes supply from GRIDCo. On November 9, a telecom mast fell onto the GRIDCo 3000 line that moves all the way from Aboadzie through Bogoso in the Western Region to the Ashanti Region which serves as our source of supply. Unfortunately, when that happened, it threw the entire Kumasi off,” he said.

Nonetheless, “Gridco had to find a way of supplying us with power. So now they send our supply all the way through Tema then it goes to Akosombo then through Tafo, then through Nkawkaw before it gets to us here.”

This he noted causes a delay in the power reaching the area due to the long-distance, hence the disruptions in power supply.

He further indicated that this also causes a drop in voltage since the power is being drawn from the same line, adding that at peak hours (i.e between 5 pm to 11 pm) the frequency begins to decay.

“So we needed to do some release otherwise the entire system will collapse and it will throw the whole Ashanti Region off,” and as part of these ways of managing the situation, the electricity supply unit has resorted to load shedding.

“We will be able to serve not everyone at the same but at least we will be able to serve customers and then we share the others or other people will have to be off so that the system will balance so in reality, that is the situation that we are confronted with in the Ashanti region,” he said.

When asked by host Kojo Yankson if a load shedding timetable has been drawn in line with this, he noted that no such thing has been done.

“Unfortunately and practically, it cannot be done. This is because the load is not stagnant (it’s dynamic). Every day within that 5 to 11, depending on what is available and the power that is being demanded, will determine whether to shed 10, 20, etc,” he said.

The recent intermittent power disruptions in Ashanti Region have left many residents distraught.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has called on the Ministry of Energy and power-producing agencies to double up efforts at dealing with the power crisis in the Region.

He said the erratic power cuts, which have become rampant, are impacting adversely on the lives of the people in the region, including himself and his household.

Addressing the Energy Minister, Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, and the Board Members of Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) who paid a courtesy call on him, the Asantehene highlighted the importance of electricity in the country’s economy.

On their side, the groups apologised to Otumfuo and the residents of Kumasi for the inconvenience caused.

Delivering a speech, the sector Minister said, his outfit is working earnestly to relocate the Ameri Power Plant to the Ashanti Region to boost power generation.

“We are pleading with the chiefs and the people of Ashanti Region to pardon us. We are in crisis and this has slowed down our efforts. The Ministry will soon install Ameri Plant in Kumasi, a power station to enable free flow of electricity,” he assured the chiefs.

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