The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum says it is looking at April, 2015 to end the current power crisis in the country.
“We are looking at around April to have this problem solved,” stated Edward Bawa, a Communications Specialist at the Ministry.
He was speaking with TV3’s Sandra Amarquaye in an interview on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
Mr Bawa said by the end of the first quarter of next year most of the thermal plants currently under maintenance will be back on stream.
“… and we also believe that at that particular time, we should be now producing gas [of] about 120 million standard cubic feet locally.
“So, if you add all these factors, we should be able to exit from the current challenges that we have.”
Ghana’s energy sector has worsened over the past year with most of the energy generating plants down. Domestic users and industries are currently under a power rationing programme.
The Volta River Authority (VRA) on Wednesday told TV3 that its projections into 2015 paint a gloomy picture over the situation.
“We are going to run short [of] about 500 megawatts,” Kofi Ellis, VRA’s Director of Planning and Business Development, said on Wednesday.
Government’s commitment to solving the crisis has resulted in the establishment of a new ministry, Ministry of Power, to specifically see to power issues.
Dr Kwabena Adjei, the Member of Parliament for Pru East Constituency, has been nominated to head that ministry.