The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has attributed the power outages that hit parts of the country early Monday morning to “a disturbance on its transmission network.”
A number of areas, especially within the capital city Accra, suffered a blackout in the early hours of Monday, January 29, 2018.
GRIDCo clarified that the blackout was caused by an interference in their transmission network after many affected Ghanaians complained to Citi News over the issue.
“Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) wishes to inform the general public of a disturbance on its transmission network resulting in the loss of electricity supply to consumers in some parts of the country,” GRIDCo stated in a statement signed by its head of Public Relations, Albert Kwesi Quainoo.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) had earlier denied responsibility for the outages blaming it entirely on GRIDCo.
Speaking to Citi News, the Public Relations Officer of ECG, William Boateng said: “The problem is not from ECG, it’s from our transmission company in Ghana here, GRIDCo. GRIDCo is having some challenges.”
Meanwhile, GRIDCo in the statement said its technicians are working round the clock to restore power to the affected areas.
“GRIDCo is working to restore supply to consumers,” the statement added.
GRIDCo faults result in mass blackouts
Technical challenges confronting the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) resulted in widespread blackouts in GRIDCo-served regions in July 2017.
Power was however restored a few hours later.
A similar power outage was also recorded on May 3, 2017 as a result of a surge of power leading to the loss of a number of GRIDCo generators across the country and the subsequent loss of power.
It took over 12 hours to fully restore power that time.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana