Power

Tanzania’s Tanesco, neighbouring countries to connect national grids

Mar 12, 2019

The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) board of directors said it has connected the country in the northern and southern power networks. This was revealed by the Tanesco board of directors chairman, Mr Alexander Kyaruzi, during his recent tour of Iringa and Ruvuma regions where he inspected power infrastructure projects. Speaking to The Citizen, Mr…

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Uganda considers review of its power sector as Eskom exit likely

Mar 12, 2019

The future of Eskom, the South African power firm’s generation contract in Uganda has come into question after legislators called for its termination. The Ugandan government said it was also taking a fresh look at the concession model it has used to run the electricity subsector in the past 15 years. President Yoweri Museveni is…

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South Africa’s NERSA grants Eskom 9.4% tariff increase

Mar 11, 2019

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom a 9.41% tariff increase in the 2019/20 financial year. The regulator in September 2018 received two applications from the power utility with respect to Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) Year 5 (2017/18) and the Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) 4 application. With regards to the MYPD4…

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World Bank provides $150m fund to increase access to electricity in Madagascar

Mar 8, 2019

Today, the World Bank’s Board of Directors approved a $150 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to provide improved access to electricity services for households, enterprises, and health facilities in Madagascar. Today, with an electrification rate of only 15%, roughly four fifths of Madagascar remain ‘in the dark’, shutting out large parts of the population…

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Eskom provides loadshedding update

Mar 7, 2019

South African state-owned power utility Eskom has this morning announced that there is a high risk of rotational loadshedding and will be implemented if “absolutely necessary”. “We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist…

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Globeleq works with partners to expand Azito plant in Côte d’Ivoire

Mar 7, 2019

Globeleq, a leading independent power producer in Africa, and IPS (West Africa) a company owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, have announced its subsidiary, Azito Energie SA, has signed an amended Concession Agreement with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to add 250 MW to the existing Azito gas-fired power plant near Abidjan.…

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Liberia’s LEC to connect 102,000 new customers to national grid

Mar 7, 2019

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has begun new connection of 102,000 households to the national grid to increase reliable access to affordable electricity throughout the country in the quickest, most prudent and sustainable manner. This initiative, which falls within the18-month plan of LEC, will include the Monrovia Consolidation, Kakata Corridor and the Monrovia-Bomi Corridor. Speaking…

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AfDB moves to provide continuous electricity supply to 1 million households in East Africa

Mar 6, 2019

From Kenya to Tanzania, from Uganda to Ethiopia, the familiar sound of petrol and diesel generators is about to disappear from the daily lives of millions of Africans. These East Africa countries have faced regular major power cuts since the early 2000s. But this is about to change; inhabitants of these countries are on the…

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22,000 Ugandan district households to get access to electricity

Mar 5, 2019

At least 22,822 households in Nakasongola District are set to benefit from the rural electricity programme following its commissioning last week. Government through the Rural Electrification Agency (ERA) contracted Mohan Energy Corporation Private Ltd and EMC Ltd to distribute 271kms of medium voltage line and 142kms of low voltage power line through eight sub-counties. These…

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Conco Namibia loses N$600m substations tender battle

Mar 5, 2019

The bid evaluation committee of the Central Procurement Board (CPB) says awarding a tender to construct the new 400kv Kunene-Omatando substations to Conco Namibia by NamPower poses significant risks that could result in substandard work. This revelation is contained in the evaluation committee’s report on the examination and evaluation of the bid. Conco Namibia is…

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