Power

Thousands of job cuts loom at Eskom

Jan 10, 2019

In a bid to cut costs, South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, could extend its strategy of trimming top executive positions to include lower ranking managers and general workers. A source revealed to Bloomberg that at least 10,000 people on Eskom’s payroll of 48,600 could lose their jobs. According to a 2016 World Bank study, South…

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Tanzania’s Tanesco receives more gas for power generation

Jan 9, 2019

PAN African Energy Tanzania Limited (PAET) has started to pump additional gas that will allow Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) to generate electricity power to meet emerging demand. This move comes after the PAET inked down a short-term sales agreement with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and TANESCO for the immediate supply of…

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Zimbabwe’s ZESA offers rewards to whistle blowers as electricity thefts, vandalism spike

Jan 8, 2019

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has scaled up its fight against theft and vandalism on its infrastructure through offering rewards to whistle blowers who successfully expose criminals behind the rampant acts. In a weekend statement by its subsidiary Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), the company invited citizens to volunteer valuable information that…

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New regulation broadens Ethiopian Energy Authority’s scope

Jan 5, 2019

The Council of Ministers approved a regulation that empowers the Ethiopian Energy Authority to regulate energy efficiency performance standards of equipment and appliances. Approved on December 15, 2018, the 40-page draft regulation took four years to finalize and was pushed back to the Authority for a revision six times before its final approval. The Ethiopian…

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Kenya Power moratorium puts new power plant billions on the line

Jan 5, 2019

Mega electricity generation projects valued at billions of shillings are in limbo after distributor Kenya Power froze the signing of new power purchase agreements (PPAs) indefinitely, citing financial constraints and excess capacity. Kenya Power chairman Mahboub Maalim Mohamed said the monopoly electricity distributor would not sign new PPAs pending a sector review intended to establish…

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Libya’s GECOL says power steam station in Sirte back in service

Jan 3, 2019

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) confirmed the return of the Gulf power steam station in Sirte to service after the completion of maintenance work on the first unit, which was brought to halt last week for technical reasons. The company clarified Wednesday that all lines of the first unit underwent maintenance service, indicating…

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Uganda adds 112MW to national grid

Jan 2, 2019

Uganda’s energy sector added to its energy generation surplus last year as new power stations went live. Meanwhile user demand projections have increased but rising power tariffs have denied several people access to electricity, while transmission and distribution challenges mean power blackouts remain a key feature in many households. The country’s installed generation capacity is…

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Tana River, Ketraco to actualise energy master plan for Kenyan region

Jan 2, 2019

The Tana River County government has partnered with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) aimed at helping realise and energy master plan for the region. Speaking to the Nation in Hola on Thursday, Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana said his administration intends to oversee the supply of electricity deep into the most remote areas of the…

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Zimbabwean Govt targets $350m for Hwange power stations

Dec 26, 2018

The Zimbabwean Government is targeting to raise $350 million next year as financing for ongoing works at Hwange 7 and 8 thermal power stations. The $350 million is part of $969,4 million that has been targeted for the project going forward. The Hwange 7 and 8 rehabilitation project was placed under the Rapid Results Initiative,…

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Cote d’Ivoire in $392m investment for Azito power plant expansion

Dec 25, 2018

The Ivorian government announced at the end of the Council of Ministers, held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, an investment totaling 225.8 billion CFA francs (about $ 392.6 million) to increase by another 253 MW the production capacity of the Azito thermal power plant in Yopougon, in the suburbs of Abidjan. This project to strengthen…

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