Power will be restored to the nation in approximately three hours, the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) has promised.
GRIDCO’s assurance follows a nationwide blackout on Wednesday night.
Speaking to Citi, the Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCO, Mr. William Amuna said: “almost 50 percent of power had already been restored” adding that GRIDCO is “building up gradually and we should be done in three hours.”
Giving further explanations on the occurrence, Mr. Amuna said: “there was a surge of power around 9:40pm last night, we lost many generators across the country. As a consequence, we lost supply to most parts of the country.”
“…We started the restoration programme till about 1 am when we were above 1,000 megawatts but there was a swing in the power system again and we lost some generation but we are in the process of restoring power” he added.
Asked whether GRIDCO knew the cause of the blackout, Mr. Amuna said : “we would have to go through our system to indicate exactly what happened but the concentration has been on restoring power to the nation.”
Mr. Amuna also confirmed that “this is the second time a nationwide blackout has occurred.”
The last time a nationwide blackout occurred was in January 2016.
The Electricity Company of Ghana had explained that the problem was due to what it described as a “system collapse.”