Power

Ghana’s PDS recoups Gh¢ 224,321 from 106 illegal power consumers in Volta, OTI

May 30, 2019

The Power Distribution Services (PDS) has recouped GH¢224,321 from 106 customers who used power illegally in the Volta and Oti regions during the past six months. The defaulters included residential and non-residential fraudulent power users who had connected electricity to their premises, without lawful authority. Mr David Oklu, Volta Regional Manager of the PDS who…

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Tanzania’s electricity budget rises by 27% to 2tri/-

May 30, 2019

ENERGY Minister Dr Medard Kalemani yesterday asked for a 27 per cent budgetary increase to accommodate all major power projects that seek to amplify the country’s industrialisation drive. Dr Kalemani tabled the 2.142tri/- budget estimates for the 2019/20 fiscal year, which is up by 26.6 per cent from this year’s 1.692tri/- budget. The minister attributed…

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Ghana’s PDS says Lower Manya Krobo electricity debt cleansed not waived

May 29, 2019

The Power Distribution Services Ghana Limited (PDS) says the reduction of debt of residents of Lower Manya Krobo Municipality from GH¢196 million to GH¢84 million is due to data cleaning and reconciliation based on actual meter reading figures and not a waiver. The previous total debt of GH¢196 million was based on estimates which was…

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Algeria’s Sonelgaz invests in distribution and transmission

May 27, 2019

Algeria’s state-run utility, Sonelgaz, allocated 2.5 billion Algerian dinars ($20 million) to develop the electricity distribution network of the wilaya of El Oued. This funding is being used to implement an emergency program that was launched in 2013 and carried out in 30 municipalities. It has enabled the installation of 470 aerial and terrestrial transformers,…

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New Zimbabwe energy minister vows to withdraw licences from under-performing energy firms

May 26, 2019

NEWLY-APPOINTED Energy Minister Fortune Chasi says his ministry shall soon follow up on all companies that were issued licences in the energy sector to see if they were delivering on set targets. “As a new minister, I expect to see research results and strategies that resolve some of our challenges and proposals to restructure the…

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South Africa’s NERSA confirms receipt of energy plan deviation letter

May 24, 2019

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed receiving Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s letter of deviation from the country’s Integrated Resource Plan as well as applications for generation licences. “Nersa hereby confirms that it has received a letter from the Minister of Energy on 2 May 2019, granting deviation from the existing IRP…

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AfDB President pledges deeper co-operation with Chad on energy sector

May 22, 2019

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, on 17 May  2019, pledged to deepen cooperation between his organization and Chad, to help the central African nation to meet critical development financing needs. At a meeting with Chadian President Idriss Deby in the landlocked country’s capital, N’Djamena, Adesina also called on development partners to support Chad’s energy…

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Zimbabwe’s ZESA sets out to pay Eskom, HCB arrears for power

May 20, 2019

ZESA Holdings has lined up a number of stop-gap-measures, which include mobilising US$80 million to clear arrears with Eskom of South Africa and Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), in a bid alleviate rolling power outages being experienced in the country. Payment of the US$80 million arrears would unlock more power imports, which have slumped significantly…

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Orange selects ENGIE for the operation and maintenance of data center in Ivory Coast

May 20, 2019

ENGIE (www.Engie-Africa.com) has been selected for the operation and maintenance of the Orange Services Group’s data center in Abidjan, for a five-year contract that will start early June 2019. This datacenter of the latest generation, built by the Orange Service Group (GOS), is one of the few datacenters existing in West Africa complying with the…

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Liberia’s LEC to electrify Pleebo, Fish Town

May 16, 2019

The LEC project, Kimber said will not only extend the lines, but it is going to connect homes and businesses in the two counties. The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has achieved another milestone in its drive to expand and increase access to electricity throughout the country, a release has said. The Corporation on Wednesday, May…

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