Low rainfall hampers power generation in Namibia

Jan 17, 2020

Local electricity generation decreased last year mainly as a result of inadequate water inflow into the Ruacana hydropower plant. This was due to poor rainfall received between January and March 2019 in both northern Namibia and southern Angola, compared to the same period in 2018. The hydropower plant requires consistent supply of large volumes of…

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Interim chair appointed at Eskom

Jan 17, 2020

Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba has been appointed as interim chairman of the Eskom board following the recent resignation of Jabu Mabuza. Professor Makgoba is a leading scientist and academic who joined the Eskom Board as a non-executive director in 2018. He is the independent lead director. The Public Enterprises Ministry said Makgoba’s appointment as interim…

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Kenya Power doubles down on illegal connections in Nairobi settlements

Jan 17, 2020

Kenya Power has rolled out a countrywide campaign to weed out illegal connections and curb theft of electricity. The campaign which began Thursday, at Imara Daima Estate in Nairobi, was jointly conducted by Kenya Power staff and security agencies including the police and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers. The crackdown comes about two months…

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Mozambique’s EDM working to restore Cabo Delgado electricity supply

Jan 16, 2020

Electricity could be restored to the northern districts of Cabo Delgado province by next Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Mozambique’s publicly owned electricity company, EDM, cited in Thursday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”. Power to the districts of Muidumbe, Nangade, Mueda, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma was cut on Monday when flooding on…

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Siemens signs €250m deal with Ghana to upgrade electricity infrastructure

Jan 16, 2020

The Government of Ghana, on Tuesday, 14th January, 2020, received, as part of Germany’s Compact with Africa programme, €250 million from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to upgrade and expand the country’s electricity transmission infrastructure. A Memorandum of Understanding, to this effect, was signed at Jubilee House, by Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah, CEO…

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Big power users in SA tell president they want to generate their electricity

Jan 15, 2020

Big power users, including mining houses who say load shedding will be the death of the industry, say they want government to move faster with new self-generation regulations because they no longer want to be at the mercy of Eskom. Reporting to Ramaphosa at the Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA) Economic Indaba, companies who were…

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Liberia Electricity Corporation under pressure

Jan 15, 2020

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) seems to be under serious pressure from Liberians here for some alleged bad deeds and theft allegedly carried out in various communities around Montserrado County by individuals believed to be employees of the corporation. During a talk show held on local broadcaster Truth FM Tuesday, 14 January, a lot of…

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Electricity tariffs increased for residential consumers, industries in Rwanda

Jan 15, 2020

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) on Tuesday increased power tariffs for large residential customers and industries but slashed tariffs for healthcare facilities and data centres. The tariff for healthcare facilities has been revised from Rwf192 per kilowatt hour (KWh) to Rwf186 per KWh, a reduction of 3 per cent in new tariffs that will come…

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Egypt and Sudan set to open electricity inter-connector

Jan 15, 2020

Egypt and Sudan are set to begin an electricity interconnection project linking their national grids. Initially, the program is expected to operate at a total capacity of 50MW and further rise to a total capacity of 240MW by the end of this year. Sudan has committed to releasing about US $20m of the US $31.74m…

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Exim Bank of China lends €511.7m for water and electricity in Ivory Coast

Jan 14, 2020

The government of Ivory Coast has ratified two loan agreements from Exim Bank of China for a total amount of 335.7 billion CFA francs (‘511.7 million). The funds are intended to finance drinking water and electricity supply projects in several cities and are linked to the obligation to choose a Chinese company to implement them.…

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