Due to the recent interruption of gas supply from Nigeria to Ghana, Kwabena Donkor, chairman, Mines and Energy Committee of Ghana’s Parliament, has suggested that Ghana should add coal plants to the country’s energy production mix.
In his view, since coal is a cheaper alternative energy source as well as producing 40 per cent of the world’s power, Ghana should therefore tap into that potential.
Recently Nigeria had to cut gas supply to Ghana due to labour agitations. This is the second time Nigeria has interrupted gas supply to Ghana in recent times. The development means there will be an energy deficit of about 350 megawatts, a situation that would pose inconveniences to businesses and domestic consumers.
While proposing that Ghana ends its reliance on Nigeria for gas supply, Donkor maintained that adding coal to the hydro-thermal energy mix would augur well for the country.
Recently the indefinite strike action embarked upon by some workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC led to the stoppage of gas supply to Ghana through the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP). Earlier this year, Ghana was hard hit by gas supply shortage to its power plants due to significant reduction in supplies as Nigeria failed to meet its gas supply obligations by more than 50 per cent of the contractual volume. The suspension of gas supply from the WAGP aggravated the already precarious power situation in the country.