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Power restored after blackout

Deputy Power Minister John Jinapor has said following the nationwide blackout Thursday January 21, 2016, electricity supply was being restored across the country.

He stated that he was at GRIDCo’s main control awaiting the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Volta River Authority (VRA) to look into the cause of the blackout.

A system failure early Thursday morning plunged Ghana into darkness, barely a month after the nation’s power producer, VRA; transmitter, GRIDCo; and distributor, ECG began supplying regular power.

Major parts of the country had been left without power after the incident which hit at about 5:30 am.

Apart from Accra, Tema also went off the grid. Sources within ECG said most supply lines across the country also went down.

The deputy minister said the situation arose out of a major challenge GRIDCo had with one of its power lines. He said power had been restored to the Upper East, Northern, and Volta regions as well as Sunyani.

Mr Jinapor said it was “too early to determine what happened, so, we do not want to speculate. We want to investigate but the immediate fact is to ensure that we restore power. After the investigation, we shall communicate to Ghanaians accordingly”.

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