Power

South Africa’s Eskom unveils summer plan

Sep 5, 2019

Eskom has unveiled its summer plan, which aims to avoid the much dreaded load shedding over the summer months. Briefing reporters at its Megawatt Park offices in Johannesburg, acting Group Chief Executive and Interim Executive chair Jabu Mabuza said the power utility has been able to avert load shedding over the winter season. “We had…

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EDSA discovers huge electricity theft in Freetown

Sep 4, 2019

Sierra Leone’s Electricity Distribution & Supply Authority (EDSA), spends huge sums of money in purchasing power from the Electricity Generating & Transmission Company (EGTC) and Independent Power Providers (IPP),  to meet the growing demand of electricity in Freetown and surrounding communities. But faced with serious challenges, including illegal connections, wrong tariffs, and multiple connections, the company…

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Three Hwange thermal power substations down in Zimbabwe

Sep 4, 2019

Government on Tuesday announced the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa)’s Hwange Thermal power substations have broken down. tAddressing the media during a post cabinet briefing, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the country was now beginning to experience some improvements in the power supply due to imports from South Africa’s power utility Eskom. She said this…

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Chinese firms look to invest $1.4bn into African energy projects

Sep 3, 2019

After completing its one-week visit to Beijing, African Energy Chamber has secured over US$1.4bn intensions to invest in mining, oil and gas, power and renewables. During the meeting with senior officials from the Chinese government, heads of state-owned energy companies, and executives and entrepreneurs from the private sector, African Energy Chamber highlighted that not only…

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Lack of power lines damages South Sudan import plan

Sep 2, 2019

South Sudan’s chance to be the first major consumer of Uganda’s excess electricity may not be realised soon as the country still lacks interconnection lines to evacuate power. This was one of the items on the agenda at the August 24 meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir at State…

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Liberia’s Senate passes Power Theft Act as felony

Sep 2, 2019

With a unanimous vote of yea, the Senate at its 57th day sitting on Thursday, August 29, 2019 passed President George Weah’s Power Theft Bill with violation punishable as a felonious act. Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, however, announced a motion for reconsideration. The Senate’s action was based on a recommendation contained in a…

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Maria Gleta plant to boost Benin’s power supply by 50%

Sep 2, 2019

A new gas engine power plant has been officially inaugurated in the West African country of Benin. The Maria Gleta plant, located near the city of Cotonou, was inaugurated by Benin’s energy minister, Dona Jean-Claude Houssou. The plant will supply the national grid with 127MW of electricity and runs on seven gensets from Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions, which built the…

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MOL-Karpowership JV to bring LNG-to-Powership to Mozambique

Sep 2, 2019

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Karpower International, a unit of the Turkish Karadeniz Holding, have agreed to jointly carry out the first LNG-to-Powership project under the co-brand Karmol in Mozambique. For this purpose, the two companies will jointly own and operate an FSRU and a Powership, MOL said in its statement, noting that the pair…

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Japan, AfDB announce $3.5bn in support of Africa’s power sector, others development

Sep 2, 2019

Japan and the African Development Bank on Friday, August 30, 2019 announced a joint target of $3.5 billion under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA4), during the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7). According to an AfDB release, both Japan and the Bank have set a target of $1.75 billion…

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Egypt to convert 27m electricity meters into prepaid ones

Sep 1, 2019

Mohamed Shaker, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, met with smart meters’ manufacturers to discuss the transformation of around 27 million electricity meters into prepaid ones, Amwal Al Ghad reported. Shaker handed the massive operation to the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), El Sewedy Electric, Iskraemeco, Electro Meter Corporation (EMC), El Maasara Company and…

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