Power

World Bank provides $150m to BOAD for electricity in W. Africa

Jul 9, 2019

The West African Development Bank will receive support from the World Bank and the Clean Technology Funds (CTF) for the implementation of the Off-grid electrification project (ROGEP). The two structures have recently disbursed $150 million and $74 million respectively to support this initiative, which will facilitate access to electricity in 19 African countries. The implementation…

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More private sector investments needed for power transmission lines in Africa – Stakeholders

Jul 9, 2019

Africa’s power sector leaders must devise new mechanisms to attract more private sector investment into power transmission lines, energy experts agreed at a technical roundtable last week. The meeting, hosted by the African Development Bank to mark the 3rd Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP), explored how to structure private sector financing to meet the investment…

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Zimbabwe approaches South Africa for more power supplies

Jul 8, 2019

ZIMBABWE, which is experiencing massive load-shedding, is making frantic efforts to secure power supplies from neighbouring countries despite it owing foreign power utilities. It is pinning most of its hopes on South Africa and neighbouring Mozambique. President Emmerson Mnangagwa met his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, over the biting issue of power shortage in Zimbabwe.…

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Botswana’s Morupule B power station stalls, plunges country into darkness

Jul 5, 2019

Botswana could be seating on the verge of looming electricity crunch as the country’s dependent source of electricity supplier, Morupule B Power station is generating very little power output in a move that is likely to plunge the country into darkness. The inadequate power supply by Palapye based power station amid high national demand of…

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Eskom confirms payment from Zimbabwe

Jul 3, 2019

Eskom has received payment for electricity services rendered to neighbouring Zimbabwe. “Eskom confirms that the payment made by Zimbabwe is reflecting in its account today,” said the power utility on Tuesday. The power utility said it will continue discussions with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to find a mutually beneficial solution to the outstanding…

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KenGen looks to expand footprint into South Sudan

Jul 3, 2019

South Sudan President Salva Kiir, on Tuesday visited Kenya Electricity Generating Company’s (KenGen) PLC’s geothermal power complex in Olkaria, boosting the firm’s quest to expand its footprint in the region. South Sudan is developing inclusive and sustainable green energy sector in a bid to increase electrification of rural areas and also boost sources of clean…

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Zimbabwe’s ZEDC fails to take delivery of $4.9m transformers nine years on

Jul 2, 2019

The Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company has not taken delivery of transformers it paid US$4,9 million for nine years ago. This was said by Auditor General Mrs Mildred Chiri while presenting her annual report for State Enterprises and Parastatals yesterday. She said public resources were being wasted by organisations that were not carrying out due…

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MoU between Eskom and SA municipalities touted as solution to improve revenue collection

Jul 2, 2019

The Financial and Fiscal Commission (FCC) on Monday recommended that a Memorandum of Understanding be signed between Eskom and municipalities in order to improve revenue collection. “We believe that having this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place will restore the constitutional responsibilities of municipalities,” said the Commission’s Chairperson Daniel Plaatjies. Plaaitjies was briefing reporters in…

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Kenya Power opens investigation into allegations of fraud in postpaid billing system

Jul 1, 2019

The Kenya Power has assured that it will cooperate with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in investigations involving theft of millions of shillings in the postpaid billing system. DCI boss George Kinoti said he has opened an investigation into inflated bills on individual customers and companies in an apparent collusion likely to see senior…

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Eskom’s Medupi Unit 3 achieves commercial operations

Jul 1, 2019

Eskom has announced that Unit 3 at its Medupi Power Station Project in Lephalale, Limpopo, has attained commercial operation status. “The unit was officially declared commercial after the completion of the unit optimisation, control demonstration, 72 hours and the 30 day reliability runs, putting all performance guarantees to effect,” the power utility said. It said…

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