GRIDCo Explains Wednesday’s Nationwide Blackout

The Ghana Grid Company Limited will keep the public posted on outcomes of investigations into Wednesday’s nationwide blackout, a statement from its Public Relations Office has said.

The statement, which apologized for inconvenienced caused consumers as a result of the blackout, said it will inform the public of even preliminary findings as soon as investigations yield up.

“GRIDCo has already commenced investigations into the cause of the general outage and will inform the public on its preliminary findings.”

At 9:40 pm on Wednesday, My 3, 2017, there was a sudden blackout. Ghanaians soon got on social media and found out from one another that the blackout was nationwide.

Power had subsequently been restored around 1 am but then lights went off again. Following from this, there were fluctuations till the morning of Thursday May 4.

Engineer William Amuna, Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo, then went on radio to confirm that indeed the power outage was a nationwide occurrence, but said that engineers from his outfit had worked through the night to restore power to some parts of the country.

Engineer Amuna could not tell the exact cause of the outage but guessed that it probably was the case that lightning had struck some major transmitters during rainstorms in parts of the country.

Technical works had led to the piecemeal restoration of power to various parts of the country, with consumers served from the Mallam Substation of Accra being the last within the distribution network to have power restored.

GRIDCo urges the public to be assured that the cause of the outages will be communicated as soon as possible.

The last time a nationwide blackout occurred was in January 2016.



The Republic News Online

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