Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Electricity and the election in Ghana

Once again the national electrical authority has promised that the load-shedding practice (which you might call rolling blackouts or power-sharing) will be suspended before the election--although the starting date has been rolled back to Wednesday.

The election is Friday.

Tonight there was breathless reporting on a major conspiracy to plunge all of Ghana into darkness during the election and vote-counting, so that unnamed nefarious powers could gain some unspecified advantage. Our staff have advised us that this sort of thing is announced before every election.

If they can avoid power-sharing for a few days, why can't they do it all the time?

According to interviews on Joy News, the required additional supply is coming from three sources. An extra 100 MW has been purchased from Cote d'Ivoire, 30 MW is coming from (or rather not being exported) to Togo and Benin, and interestingly, 30 MW is coming from an 80 MW power station built by a consortium of four mining companies. It was not clear whether they meant that the mining companies were generating this power and selling it to the network, or whether it represented power normally supplied by the grid that would be diverted elsewhere.

In case you are wondering why your mining stocks in Ghanaian jurisdictions have been performing poorly lately, there is this.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see you're posting again -- given the topic of your prior post (370V at the socket) and the long delay, so of us were starting to feel some concern!