Power

West Africa’s trans-border electricity sale to begin in 2020

Jun 26, 2019

Sale of electricity across the border from one West African country to the other is to commence in 2020, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said yesterday. Prof. Honoré Bogler , Chairman, Regulatory Council of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), said mechanisms have been put in place to ensure the full…

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EU warns Liberians against engaging in ‘illegal power connections’

Jun 25, 2019

Juan Antonio Frutos, Deputy Head of Delegation and Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, has warned Liberians not to get involved with any form of illegal connections or power theft of the Liberia Electricity Cooperation (LEC). Frutos spoke in Congo Town on Friday June 21, 2019 at the official groundbreaking ceremony for…

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World Bank provides Mozambique $420m grants for transmission upgrades

Jun 25, 2019

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group today approved a total amount of $420 million of International Development Association (IDA)* grants and guarantees to strengthen Mozambique’s transmission capacity for domestic and regional markets and increase electricity generation capacity through private sector investment. The project will also benefit from a co-financing of $24…

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Ghana’s Parliamentary Minority expresses worry over energy sector debt

Jun 25, 2019

THE Minority Caucus in Parliament has rang the alarm bell over what it said was “the ever rising and crippling debt” in the energy sector. The caucus claimed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had not only failed to appraise Ghanaians on the accumulating debt, but had at various fora, “sought to mislead the public about…

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Politicians push for private firm to distribute electricity in Namibian town

Jun 24, 2019

Senior Swapo politicians are pushing for a private company to replace the Lüderitz Town Council in distributing electricity in an estimated N$100 million deal, flying in the face of concerns it could destroy the council’s financial position. At present, the southern town council’s electricity division consistently makes a profit. Draft agreements seen by The Namibian…

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Ghana’s electricity tariff up 11.17%

Jun 24, 2019

Electricity tariff has been increased by 11.17 per cent, effective Monday, July 1, this year, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) which approved the hike has announced. The 2019-2020 major tariff review decision followed “prudent” cost review and effective monitoring undertaken by PURC, a statement issued by Mrs Mami Dufie Ofori, executive secretary, in Accra…

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Liberia’s LEC says Maryland, Grand Gedeh customers to begin paying for current

Jun 23, 2019

“Metered customers will be billed for payment at the end of the month, while unmetered customers will be placed on flat-rate … based on consumption or load,” LEC says Authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) have disclosed that customers in Grand Gedeh and Maryland counties will commence payment of electricity bills beginning June. According…

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Trump initiative for Africa’s power, other sectors; ‘Prosper Africa’ unveiled

Jun 21, 2019

This week, at the biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit organized by the Corporate Council on Africa in Maputo, a number of African Heads of State as well as other senior government leaders rubbed shoulders with an impressive line-up of Trump administration officials. Deputy Commerce Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley and USAID Administrator Mark Green outlined the administration’s…

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South African Govt to table Bill to support Eskom soon

Jun 21, 2019

Government will soon table a Special Appropriation Bill aimed at allocating financial support to power utility Eskom, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday. Delivering the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the sixth administration, President Ramaphosa said Eskom, which is currently experiencing financial challenges, is vital to the South African economy and cannot…

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Zimbabwe’s President asks Mozambican counterpart for more electricity

Jun 21, 2019

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday met in Maputo with his Zimbabwean counterpart, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is attending the Africa-United States Business Summit in the Mozambican capital. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mnangagwa made it clear that the main purpose of the meeting was to request more electricity from Mozambique. Currently Zimbabwe imports 50 megawatts from…

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