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Blackout hits Ghana, Benin, Togo over gas supply disruption from Nigeria

Some parts of Ghana, Republic of Benin and Togo are currently experiencing power outages due to a lingering disruption in gas supply from Nigeria.

The development comes as the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited in Accra, Ghana, recently announced it was experiencing a drop in gas volumes available for transportation.

In a statement last Wednesday, WAPCO said one of its gas producers in Nigeria was carrying out some maintenance works. As a result, the gas producer was said to have shut its facility for a three-week maintenance work.

Consequently, there is a decrease in gas available for WAPCO to transport to customers in Togo, Benin and Ghana.

“The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited regrets to announce that it is experiencing a drop in gas volumes available for transportation due to ongoing maintenance works by one of its gas producers in Nigeria.

“One of the producers of the natural gas WAPCO which transports from Nigeria has shut down its facility for three-week maintenance, resulting in a decrease of gas available for WAPCO to transport to customers in Togo, Benin and Ghana. The current situation is entirely out of WAPCO’s control.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Grid Company Limited and the Electricity Company of Ghana have informed electricity consumers in the country that some areas were already plunged into darkness.

In a jointly signed statement, Ghana Grid Company Limited and the Electricity Company of Ghana said they “wish to inform the public that due to a reduction in gas supply from Nigeria since Wednesday 12th June 2024 some areas across the country have experienced interruption in power supply.”

The firm attributed the outage to a shortage in gas supply as a result of a projected three weeks of maintenance works being undertaken by a gas supplier in Nigeria

“The West Africa Gas Pipeline Company, in a statement, has explained that the reduction in gas supply was due to maintenance works being undertaken by a gas supplier in Nigeria and is projected to last three weeks”, the statement added.

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