Power

The Middle East, Africa, and Asia now drive nearly all global energy consumption growth

Jan 11, 2019

Energy consumption in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa continues to grow rapidly, with about 20% growth in each region between 2010 and 2016, according to newly available data in EIA’s International Energy Statistics database. In particular, energy consumption has been increasing in the Middle East and Africa, driven by economic growth, increased access to…

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Zimbabwe’s ZETDC warns of rainy season power outages

Jan 11, 2019

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has warned customers to heed rolling power outages, mainly driven by perennial challenges that come with the rainy season. During the rainy season, the electricity infrastructure, particularly cables and poles, are affected usually by falling trees. Zesa Holdings spokesperson Mr Fullard Gwasira said there would be heavy…

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Transco CLSG edges closer to solving Liberia’s power issues

Jan 10, 2019

TRANSCO CLSG is to build a high voltage 225Kv transmission line for the transmission of high-grade electricity to Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire, then to Sierra Leone and Guinea. It is a double circuit transmission line with a transit capacity of 486 MW, but equipped with an initial transit capacity of 243MW. Mr. Sherif is the…

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Zimbabwe’s ZPC beats quarterly power supply by 19%

Jan 10, 2019

The successful completion of Kariba South Power Station extension in April last year, has enhanced security of internal power supply in Zimbabwe with State power utility Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), surpassing its energy delivery target for the third quarter of 2018. This represents stark contrast to the extended period of time when Zimbabwe experienced rolling…

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Tanzanian isles record success in rural electrification

Jan 10, 2019

Electricity has reached almost every village, after a successful project, implemented last year to connect more villages and small islands to the national grid. Zanzibar Electricity Corporation authorities say the success to have more villages connected to electricity was driven by commitment to respond to the growing demand for power by people and the implementation…

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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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