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Emergency plans needed to avert blackouts in Ghana
June 14th, 2014 4:36PM

TAGS:  ghana, world cup 2014


[BRAZIL 2014] Ghana is scrambling to ensure that blackouts won't prevent Black Star fans from watching Monday's USA-Ghana match at the World Cup. It is boosting power production with electricity imported from neighboring Ivory Coast. Ghanaian energy providers are contributing extra power to the tune $30 million, more than three times the government is spending to fund the Black Stars' World Cup campaign. And it has asked the state-owned Volta Aluminum Company to cut production during Black Star matches.

Rationing and erratic power are huge problems in Ghana because of a variety of factors. The Volta River Authority's power plants (providing 80 percent of Ghanaian power) are under repair. Ghana has limited natural gas supplies, and droughts are contributing to below average levels of water at hydroelectric plants.

“These plans are put in place for consumers to watch uninterruptible football matches during the World Cup,” the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Within these arrangements the load-shedding schedule, though varied, still exists.”

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