Ghana in Talks to Head off Nigeria Threat to Cut Gas Supply

Ghana held emergency talks in Nigeria on Thursday to avert a threat to cut gas supply drastically, which could worsen the country's electricity blackouts and present an extra headache for the government, Reuters reports.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it will cut gas supply by 70 percent to Ghana's main power generation company by Friday due to unpaid debts of $181 million. Ghana already suffers power shortages and Nigerian gas meets about 25 percent of its needs.

"A high-powered government delegation led by the Minister for Power Kwabena Donkor is currently in Nigeria having discussions on this very important matter," Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Buah told a news conference. There was no immediate comment from NNPC.