Power

Uganda to sanction power distributor

Jan 16, 2019

Uganda aims to impose financial penalties from March, on its sole power distributor, Umeme Limited, for any frequent and prolonged supply outages, the regulator said. The public has long complained about high tariffs and long power cuts, while unreliable supplies add extra costs to businesses, which often run costly stand-by generators to keep operations going…

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Eskom elaborates on its request for 15% increase in tariff

Jan 16, 2019

On Monday, Eskom shared the rationale for its average annual electricity increase application of 15% for three years under the fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) and Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance application for 2018 made to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Eskom’s executives presented their case to stakeholders attending the Cape Town…

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Libya’s GECOL says third turbine of Ruwais power plant back to service

Jan 14, 2019

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) confirmed the return of the third unit at Ruwais power station to service after a suspension that lasted for hours. “Around 140 MW of generation was restored to the public network after the maintenance of the stalled unit at Ruwais station, located in the Municipality of Hawamd,” GECOL…

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Ghana could benefit from a third Power Compact – MiDA

Jan 14, 2019

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Martin Eson-Benjamin recently announced that Ghana has been nominated for a third Power Compact under the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) alongside Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Benin and Niger. Eson-Benjamin underlined that Ghana only stands a good chance of being selected, if the country successfully…

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Burkina Faso Govt seeks to construct transmission lines

Jan 13, 2019

The government of Burkina Faso has obtained a loan from the World Bank for the financing of the Power Sector Support Project (PASEL), and intends to use part of these funds to make payments for the following works Lot 1: Construction of the 225kV line Pâ-Diébougou Lot 2: Construction of the 225kV Ziniaré – Kaya…

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Sierra Leone’s SLEWRC engages gov’t stakeholders on draft mini grid regulation

Jan 13, 2019

The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC) on Wednesday January 9th in a technical workshop, engaged government stakeholders on the Drift Mini Grid Regulation. The two-day technical workshop, which ended on Thursday, 10th January, was hosted at the Lagoonda Entertainment Centre Conference Hall, Aberdeen in Freetown. Speaking at the workshop, Director General of…

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Senegal doubles its electricity capacity

Jan 13, 2019

Senegal saw its energy production double over the past six years. The country’s power generating capacity has gone from 500 MW in 2012 to 1,141 MW in 2018. The news was announced by the country’s president, Macky Sall, during his message to the nation. “We must add, in the very short term, two projects of…

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The Middle East, Africa, and Asia now drive nearly all global energy consumption growth

Jan 11, 2019

Energy consumption in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa continues to grow rapidly, with about 20% growth in each region between 2010 and 2016, according to newly available data in EIA’s International Energy Statistics database. In particular, energy consumption has been increasing in the Middle East and Africa, driven by economic growth, increased access to…

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Zimbabwe’s ZETDC warns of rainy season power outages

Jan 11, 2019

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has warned customers to heed rolling power outages, mainly driven by perennial challenges that come with the rainy season. During the rainy season, the electricity infrastructure, particularly cables and poles, are affected usually by falling trees. Zesa Holdings spokesperson Mr Fullard Gwasira said there would be heavy…

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Transco CLSG edges closer to solving Liberia’s power issues

Jan 10, 2019

TRANSCO CLSG is to build a high voltage 225Kv transmission line for the transmission of high-grade electricity to Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire, then to Sierra Leone and Guinea. It is a double circuit transmission line with a transit capacity of 486 MW, but equipped with an initial transit capacity of 243MW. Mr. Sherif is the…

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