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S.A’s power shortages could cut 2019 GDP growth by 1.1% points – Central Bank

Apr 20, 2019

South Africa’s economic growth will shrink by at least 1.1 percentage points in 2019 and there will be up to 125,000 job losses if nationwide electricity blackouts persist throughout the year, the central bank said on Wednesday. Ailing state utility Eskom switched out the lights across the country in February and March as low coal…

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Kusile power station’s Unit 3 in operation 8 months ahead of schedule – Eskom

Apr 20, 2019

The Kusile Power Station Project, situated near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, reached a new milestone on Sunday 14 April 2019 when Unit 3 was synchronised to the grid and produced its first power in the early evening. The unit was loaded and kept stable at 60MW, making it the third of the six units at Kusile…

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Tanzanian Energy Minister wants all public institutions connected to national grid

Apr 18, 2019

Energy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani has instructed the management of Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) to effectively supervise contractors hired to implement rural electrification projects with a particular focus on all public institutions. This follows the revelation that the many public institutions countrywide are yet to be connected to the national grid. The minister…

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Sweden to aid Angola’s electrification plans

Apr 18, 2019

Angola’s Energy and Water minister João Baptista Borges Thursday in Swedish capital, Stockholm, announced the investment by the European country in the electrification projects in regions of the Angola’s northern Bengo province. There is great commitment and availability by Swedish government and entities to launch the electrification projects in Angola, the official said after the…

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GE Power unveils white paper on gas turbine technology for Africa

Apr 16, 2019

As Africa’s leaders pursue state-of-the-art technology that can provide more affordable, reliable, accessible, and sustainable power for the continent, GE Power’s Gas Power Systems business (NYSE: GE) today unveiled a whitepaper focused on gas turbine technology that can ensure a cleaner and safer operation while accommodating a high penetration of renewable energy sources. Co-authored by GE gas…

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Malawi’s Energy Minister warns against vandalizing Escom equipment

Apr 16, 2019

The Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi has warned people to avoid vandalizing Escom equipment saying repairing vandalized gadgets is expensive. He was speaking at Chigona Primary School ground, Traditional Authority Mlauli in Neno after switching on Chigona Marep Phase 8 Power line on Friday. “Government is doing all it can to…

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Ugandan power tariffs reduce by Shs8

Apr 15, 2019

Electricity consumers across the board will in April and June pay less by an average of Shs8, according to the new tariff schedule released by the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). For instance, domestic consumers will pay Shs8.8 less than before for each unit above the 15 units. Each of the first 15 costs Shs250. Commercial…

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Malawi rural electrification programme lights up district

Apr 15, 2019

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi has said the Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) which is in its eighth phase has seen several trading centres being connected to the national power grid. Speaking during a switching on ceremony on Friday at Chigona Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Mlauli in…

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Malawi seals K94bn electricity deal with Mozambique to begin in 2022

Apr 14, 2019

Malawi has signed technical and commercial agreements with Mozambique for the sharing of power in a bid to address a chronic blackouts hitting the country that will give Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) an opportunity to buy 200 megawatts (MW) of power from the Southern Africa Power Pool (Sapp) starting in 2022. Speaking during…

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AfDB encourages U.S. to increase investments in Africa’s power sector, others

Apr 12, 2019

Speaking at a high-level dialogue in Washington D.C. on the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF Spring meetings, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said “It is time to turn around the declining investments of the U.S. in Africa. As the world’s private sector leader, the United States has a unique role to play in increasing investments in Africa and expanding opportunities…

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