Bui to resume full generation capacity in July

The Bui Power Authority says the dam will return to its full

generation capacity by July, when the flow of water into its reservoir

is expected to improve significantly.

The 400 -megawatt hydro-power installation has currently shut down two

of its three turbines and stopped generating active power.

Instead, the dam is producing reactive power, a remedy for low system

voltage, by means of air and a single turbine according to Wombila

Salifu, External and Community Relations Manager of Bui Power


"We have not shut down," he said in an interview, adding: "we are not

generating active power with water now due to the low water level. We

are running one unit now and producing 50 vars of reactive power".

He further stated: "According to the weather pattern over the years,

we expect to return to full generation by July. In July, August and

September, we get a lot of inflow into the reservoir. At the moment we

are getting some inflow, but it's small. If we get a level of water

that is adequate, we will produce".

The reactive power being produced will boost voltage in the northern

part of the country to the transmission network requirement of 161

kilowatts, he said.

Bui has a maximum water level of 183 metres above sea level (masl) and

a minimum operating level of 168 masl. But in a statement issued last

week the Authority said it has been over-drafting – drawing more water

from the reservoir for power generation — in response to inadequate

electricity generation from the Volta River Authority, which provides

75 percent of the country's power needs.

The Authority noted with great concern that "as a result of the Bui

reservoir reaching the minimum operating level, the rate of power

generation has been reduced in order to protect the turbines from

potential damage.

This is because it is imprudent to operate the generating plant below

the minimum operating level of the reservoir, as this unduly exposes

the turbines to higher risks of damage".

Bui's partial shutdown has compounded the generational shortage,

causing the Electricity Company of Ghana to cut supply to households.

The power cuts will however be minimised during the ongoing World Cup,

the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced this week.

The PURC said it has agreed with the utility service providers that

"all available generating units should be on- stream during the

tournament, and maintenance personnel will be posted to man critical

substations and installations during the match periods to ensure

expeditious restoration of electricity in the unlikely event of an

unplanned outage or emergency". It said the country will buy 50

megawatts of extra power from Cote d'Ivoire, and VALCO's consumption

will be reduced on days when the Black Stars are playing.

But this contingency plan does not mean a complete end to power cuts,

it stressed.

"It should be noted that these plans are put in place for consumers to

watch uninterrupted football matches during the World Cup tournament,

;but within these arrangements the load- shedding schedule, though

varied, still exists."

Source: BnFT

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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