GoldFields Ghana Limited (lead gold miner) is to switch the source of energy supply for its mining operations in the Western Region from the national grid to privately generated electricity by the end of the third quarter.

The switch over is the outcome of a special arrangement between the company and independent power producer (IPP), Genser Energy GhanaLimited, that will spare some 18 megawatts (MW) of power for the national grid while insulating the company’s operations from the erratic power supply.