The Director for System Operations at Ghana’s power transmission company, GRIDCo, Ing. Mark Baah says his outfit expects power generation companies to up their game by making more power available in order to meet expected increase in demand for power in the coming weeks.
The outbreak of global pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has so far infected 21 people in the West African nation.
President of the nation, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo has shut down both public and private schools for the period in a bid to reduce the outbreak of the contagious Coronavirus.
The development, Ing. Mark Baah, believes would result in more people staying in the house, thus, leading to increase in consumption of power.
Speaking on an Accra-based Citi FM, Ing. Mark Baah said: “What we believe is going to happen is that there will be some increase in the average demand ….Normally there is less demand during the day and spikes up after people return home. But now, we expect that there will be some appreciable increase in demand.”
According to him, their forecast indicates that there is going to be a sharp increase in power given the weather condition as well as the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
He, on this note, stressed the need for power generation companies to ensure that there is enough fuel to power their plants.
“We will continue to work with them and we expect that they will be doing more to ensure that fuel is available because we’re in a hot season,” Ing. Mark Baah said.