A drop in electricity generation in Ivory Coast and Ghana has led to power cut in neighboring West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso.
The prolonged dry season and work on transmission lines are said to be the causes for reduced water levels at hydropower dams in both countries that could take months to resolve.
According to Ahmadou Bakayoko, Director General of Ivory Coast’s national power company in a press conference on Friday said the country which exports power to six countries faces a generation deficit of about 200 megawatts or nearly 10% of its 2,230 megawatts capacity.
Energy Minister Thomas Camera at the same news conference said Ivory Coast Electricity Company (CIE) uses water from its reservoirs to keep hydropower plants going.
“We have drastically reduced exports to 60 megawatts from 200 megawatts,” Camara stated further. The situation could return to normal around July, he added.
Meanwhile Ghana which exports to Burkina Faso says its national utility is carrying out rolling outages until May 17.