Power

AfDB approves €62m financing for the electrification of over 1,300 rural localities in Ivory Coast

Mar 30, 2020

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved, Wednesday, March 25, a loan of 62.35 million euros to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to finance the first phase of the project to strengthen the works of the electrical system and access to electricity called “PROSER I”. The completion of the four-year project will…

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More Ugandans to get connected to the power grid for free

Mar 29, 2020

Christoper Tumuhimbise knows a thing or two about the price one pays for making an illegal electrical connection in a premise without a permit. A swift operation by enforcement teams grabbed Tumuhimbise, from where he was charged at the Standards, Utility and Wildlife court. In February 2017, Tumuhimbise was found guilty. The penalty for such…

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Amendment to S2 of SA’s Electricity Act gives effect to 2020 SONA commitments

Mar 29, 2020

On 26 March, the South African minister of mineral resources and energy, Gwede Mantashe, gazetted an amended version of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act 4 of 2006). In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced measures the government will take to rapidly and significantly change the…

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Tanzania’s electricity generation increases by 7.2%

Mar 28, 2020

THE electricity generated and distributed went up by 7.2 percent to a cumulative output of 1,941,923.8 megawatts from 1,811,474 registered in the corresponding quarter in 2018, supporting the continued efforts to build industrial economy. To boost industrialisation drive, the government has embarked on implementing the 2,115 megawatts Nyerere Hydro power dam which is expected to…

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Load shedding unlikely during lockdown in South Africa

Mar 27, 2020

Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the possibility of load shedding during the 21-day nationwide lockdown is unlikely. “The supply of fuel to the relevant critical and essential services, as well as the supply of coal to Eskom for electricity supply and liquid fuels production, are critical during this period. “Supplying Eskom with coal…

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Ghana’s ECG recommends customers do online transactions to reduce COVID-19 spread

Mar 26, 2020

In Ghana, the ECG, the national electricity company, invites its customers to use its mobile application to pay their electricity bills. A provision which is part of the measures taken by the country, which already records 68 cases, to contain the spread of the coronavirus on its territory. “We have been launching this application for…

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Botswana increases power tariffs by 22%

Mar 26, 2020

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) will increase electricity tariffs by 22% from April 1, the regulator said on Wednesday, in a bid to boost revenues for the loss-making state utility. The Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) said the price increases would apply to all categories of users. “The increase is to ensure tariffs are cost reflective,…

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Chinese firm Hengye Electronics invests $20m in meter manufacturing plant in Angola

Mar 26, 2020

The Chinese Hengye Electronics Industry, a subsidiary of the Zhejiang Hengye Electronics group, will invest around $ 20 million in the establishment of an electrical meter manufacturing plant in Angola. The plant will be located in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Luanda-Bengo which communicated this information according to Macauhub . It will be built…

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AfDB launches project to tackle electricity metering challenges in Cameroon

Mar 25, 2020

The African Development Bank and the multi-donor Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) have joined the government of Cameroon to launch an initiative to bolster the deployment of electricity metering services in the country. The Bank and FAPA will provide technical assistance to the government through the Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency, ARSEL. This includes…

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Sasol to bid to supply Eskom with temporary power

Mar 25, 2020

South Africa’s Sasol SOLJ.J will bid to provide struggling state-owned utility Eskom with temporary supplies of power, the petrochemical producer told Reuters on Tuesday. Eskom generates more than 90% of the electricity in Africa’s most industrialised economy but has grappled with faults at its coal-fired power plants, forcing it to implement power cuts that have…

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