A decision by the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) to cut as much as 70 percent of the gas supply to Ghana beginning today, Friday, has been delayed while negotiations between Ghana’s government and N-gas, a Nigerian consortium, are ongoing.
A high-powered delegation from Ghana, led by Power Minister Dr. Kwabena Donkor, began talks yesterday in Nigeria to give credible assurance that Ghana has the means and a plan to repay the $180 million dollars it owes in gas receipts.
Walter Perez, managing director of WAPCo, said on Wednesday the decision to cut supply to Ghana was necessary because the country’s debts put WAPCo’s work in jeopardy. WAPCo operates the West Africa Gas Pipeline, which supplies gas to Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire.
If the Ghana delegation fails to convince N-gas and other WAPCo representatives and the gas supply is cut, Ghana could lose 20-25 percent of its electricity production capability, which would dramatically worsen dumsor.
President Mahama has promised that dumsor will end by the beginning of next year, and Dr. Kwabena Donkor has promised to resign if the problem isn’t fixed by then.