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Knock-on effect of Ghana energy crisis

The recent drought in Ghana, which has drastically reduced hydro power generation by 500MW, is causing problems in the neighbouring countries of Togo and Benin. Both countries depend on Ghana for a proportion of their power supply — Togo appears to be affected more severely, as it imports 75% of its electricity from Ghana.

Ivory Coast is helping to rectify the situation by supplying emergency power to Ghana. It started exporting electricity in January but this has been at a much lower level than expected, and is not in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of business and industry.

Following a recent meeting between ministers of the four countries, Ivory Coast has agreed to increase its exports, which will rise to 100MW per day at the beginning of June.