There will be no ‘dumsor’ in Ghana tonight as the suppliers of electricity disclose plans are afoot to buy power from Ivory Coast to feed every home to enjoy the Black Stars’ game
Ghana is facing erratic power supply for over a year now, but local fans across the west African nation do not have to worry about where to watch today’s semi-final game between the Black Stars and hosts Equatorial Guinea.
The Volta River Authority (VRA) – the largest supplier of electricity – has announced plans to buy 80 megawatts of power from neighbouring Ivory Coast to ensure constant power at least for the duration of the game in the evening.
Domestic consumers now enjoy power for 12 hours and light out for 24 hours while commercial users use electricity 24 hours and go without power for 24 hours as a result of low level of water in the Akosombo Dam – the main hydro source of power built in the 50s – and shortfall in gas supply from Nigeria in the West Africa Gas Pipeline to power thermal plants.
The VRA director in charge of business development and sales Kofi Ellis told Bloomberg the two countries have arrangements to buy each other’s excess supply.
The winner of the Ghana – Equatorial Guinea game will face Ivory Coast in the final on February 8 in Bata.