Power

Liberian county set to receive electricity decades after civil war

Jan 8, 2020

Anxious residents of Caldwell Township, Montserrado County appear to be bracing themselves to receive electricity in the township for the first time since the area was disconnected like many parts of Liberia, as a result of destruction during the Liberian Civil War in the 90s. Authorities from the Liberia Electricity Corporation have begun to erect…

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Eskom implements stage 2 load shedding in SA

Jan 8, 2020

Eskom has announced it will implement Stage 2 load shedding from 1am to 6am tomorrow morning. In order to give matriculants an opportunity to receive their matric results, the implementation of Stage 2 load shedding has been delayed to Wednesday morning. “This decision will also allow the matriculants enough time to make their way home…

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12 new Senegalese villages connected to national grid

Jan 7, 2020

In Senegal, Pape Demba Bitèye, the director general of Senelec, the national electric company has just put two electric connection lines into service. It is a 250 km medium voltage line and a 750 km low voltage line. These two infrastructures, located in the Fatick and Kaolack regions, now allow the connection of 12 villages in these…

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Ex-ED of Ethiopian Electric Power prosecuted for corruption

Jan 7, 2020

In Ethiopia, the government is suing Azeb Asnake (photo), the former executive director of the Ethiopian Electric Power. She is accused with 50 other people of corruption in connection with the construction of the Great Renaissance dam. The construction of the 6,450 MW plant, estimated at $ 4 billion, is being carried out by Ethiopia with…

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Energy deficit causes 48% slump in Zimbabwe’s largest brewer in H2 2019

Jan 6, 2020

In Zimbabwe, the Delta Corporation, the country’s largest brewer, recorded a 48% drop in turnover in the second half of 2019. The main cause of this poor performance is the energy deficit, which has affected the country with load shedding and fuel supply difficulties. Sales of soft drinks fell 56% in the last half of…

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Eskom extends power cuts in South Africa

Jan 6, 2020

South Africa’s struggling state power firm Eskom said on Sunday that it would extend electricity cuts until Monday. Eskom had said late Saturday that it would cut up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) from the national grid from 2000 GMT on Saturday until 0600 GMT on Sunday, after a conveyor belt failure at its Medupi coal-fired…

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$1bn will be invested by 2023 for rural electrification in Senegal

Jan 5, 2020

In Senegal, the government aims to invest around 600 billion CFA francs ($ 1 billion) in the rural electrification process by 2023. This announcement was made by President Macky Sall during his end of year address to the Nation. “We will have to invest 600 billion CFA francs so that our compatriots who are still…

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Electricity interconnection between Sudan and Egypt to go live from January 2020

Dec 30, 2019

The electrical interconnection between Sudan and Egypt will be operational in January 2020, on the 12th more precisely, according to information communicated by Mohammed Shaker, the Egyptian Minister of Energy. According to the official, this line will have the capacity to transport 50 MW of electricity. A capacity planned to be extended to 420 MW…

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50% of Benin Republic’s electricity demand now met by local power stations

Dec 30, 2019

Benin now produces locally 50% of its electricity consumption. This was announced by Patrice Talon (photo), the President of the Republic, during his message on the state of the nation in front of the deputies. “The rehabilitation of the thermal power stations of the SBEE (Beninese electric energy company editor’s note) for a capacity of…

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Coal delivery impacted as fire breaks out at Eskom’s Majuba power station

Dec 28, 2019

On Wednesday, a fire broke out at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station on the incline conveyer belt system from the rail offloading facility. This impacts on coal delivery to the station, which was primarily done via rail. The utility said: “We will use road delivery to offset the absence of rail transportation for the duration of…

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