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Bushfire causes major power outage in Ghana on Saturday

Power transmitting agency, Ghana GRID Company (GRIDCo), attributed the near-nationwide outage to "a raging bushfire" under one of its high-voltage lines

Several Ghanaian households were left without power mid-morning of Saturday (14 January) following what electricity officials termed as “power system disturbance.”

Power transmitting agency, Ghana GRID Company (GRIDCo), attributed the near-nationwide outage to “a raging bushfire” under one of its high-voltage lines.

“The outage occurred after GRIDCo’s 330kV Aboadze – Anwomaso line tripped followed by a number of lines in the western corridor of the grid triggering a system disturbance and causing all thermal plants and Bui generators and customer loads to trip,” GRIDCo said in a statement issued on Saturday.

“A raging bushfire under GRIDCo’s high-voltage lines near Tarkwa has been identified as the source of the power line trips,” the statement added. “A fire tender from Tarkwa Goldfields is on-site to bring the fire under control.”

GRIDCo added that: “Meanwhile, restoration of the grid commenced immediately and efforts are ongoing to restore power to all affected areas and customers. GRIDCo sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused by this incident and is working to restore normal power supply.”

Citizens living in regions such as Greater Accra, Central, Oti, Western, Ashanti and Volta used social media to register their frustrations.

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