The Chief Executive Officer of the Bui Power Authority, Fred Oware has dismissed claims by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) that it had shut down its power plant due to low water level in the dams.
According to him, GRIDCo’s attempt to blame the erratic power supply that is experienced in parts of the country on his outfit was unfortunate.
“Let me be bold enough and say that, I think GRIDCo has misled the Minister in making such a sad statement. Because as we sit here talking right now, Bui is in operation. We have three units which work at 133. It is not true,” he said on JoyNews.
He told JoyNews that, if GRIDCo has challenges in power supply, it must be made known and a solution proffered to address the shortfalls, instead of them misleading Ghanaians about the causes of their challenges.
Fred Oware admitted that the water level in the Bui Dams have gone down without any doubt whatsoever, but that is not an unforeseen circumstance.
“We knew this and last year when we submitted our supply plan, we indicated quite clearly that this year we will not be able to generate as much as we generated last year” he said.
But the CEO of Bui Power Authority said that, “they can’t put it on Bui because we knew last year that the supply plan would be what it is. And so they should have looked at our supply plan and made alternative arrangements to fill in the gap but to say that there is dumsor because of Bui is quite misleading.”
The Bui Dam is unable to generate the 400 megawatts when at its peak to support the national grid in the evening when demand for electricity is highest. It is currently able to produce 90 megawatts.
But Mr Oware explained that the Plant is still able to generate some power during peak hours.
Some citizens fear that the much dreaded erratic supply of power popularly referred to as ‘dumsor’ has resurfaced.
But the Energy Minister refuted claims ‘dumsor’ is back. He attributed the power crisis to system upgrade rather than a generational challenge.
Fred Oware said the end game is to scale up the solar plant capacity to 250 megawatts.
“We are on course and we are hopeful of achieving the target set, indeed during the dry seasons when the water level is down we can then rely heavily on the solar panel to give us the power that we need and when in the season the hydro will come in” he explained.
Fred Oware further stated that the power generated from the solar plants will however be available only during the day when the sun is up.