Zimbabwe Govt seeks end to ZESA, Intratrek rift

Jun 9, 2020

Government has thrown its weight behind the Gwanda solar project, saying the country needs adequate power and the 100 megawatt (MW) initiative was among its key interventions to end energy shortages. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi has since directed Zesa Holdings to urgently resolve, out-of-court, its protracted dispute with Intratrek Zimbabwe to…

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Benin, Niger owe Nigeria N32.1bn electricity debt – NERC

Jun 9, 2020

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that a total of N32.1 billion is the outstanding debt owed the country by Benin and Niger Republic for electricity supply to the two countries in 2019. Four reports obtained by THISDAY for the four quarters of 2019 suggested that the countries that get electricity supply from…

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Electricity and gas union opposes liberalization of electricity production in Tunisia

Jun 8, 2020

In Tunisia, the union in the electricity sector opposes the liberalization of electricity production. He feared that it would disrupt distribution and harm the public nature of the electricity supply service, despite the assurances and guarantees given by the Ministry of Energy. In Tunisia, the General Federation of Electricity and Gas categorically opposes the opening…

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Zimbabwe’s ZETDC restores electricity to Beitbridge West

Jun 8, 2020

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has restored power to Beitbridge West constituency where most business centres, clinics, schools and irrigation projects had been without electricity for the past two years. It is understood that most institutions in the areas were plunged into darkness after electricity poles were destroyed by storms at the…

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Cameroon’s power firm pushes its gas supplier into the red

Jun 8, 2020

ENEO was once a key reason for Gaz du Cameroun (GDC) to dream big. Seven years ago, the Cameroonian power utility promised an offtake of double the size of gas that the factories and other firms in Douala could readily demand from GDC, as the latter constructed pipelines and other infrastructure to incentivize consumption of…

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Copperbelt Energy Corp accuses Zambian government of attempted expropriation

Jun 7, 2020

In Zambia, the Copperbelt Energy Corp accuses the government of wanting to dispossess it of its infrastructure and impose commercially unsustainable tariffs on it. Charges that the executive rejects while maintaining the obligation for the company to share its infrastructure. In Zambia, the Copperbelt Energy Corp accuses the government of wanting to take over its…

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Eskom CEO responds to South African MP’s question about R5 bn payment

Jun 6, 2020

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has responded to questions that surfaced in a recent virtual meeting held by South Africa’s Parliament Standing Committee on Appropriations. During a joint presentation to Parliament’s Appropriations Committee on 27 May 2020, in the questions from the members of parliament (MPs), an impression was created that Eskom had erroneously overpaid…

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45,000 people to be connected to Namibia’s electricity network in Rumphi West

Jun 5, 2020

In Namibia, Escom, the national electricity company, will connect 45,000 people to the electricity network in the town of Rumphi West. The operation is part of phase 8 of the national rural electrification program. The country aims for a rural electrification rate of 50% in 2020. In Namibia, around 45,000 people living in the locality…

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Ugandan Energy Ministry prefers imported transformers

Jun 5, 2020

The Ministry of Energy, save for the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (UEDCL), has defied the Presidential directive to procure locally made transformers in favour of imported ones. This has left local transformer manufacturers stuck with their products despite President’s Museveni’s directive requiring all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to support the ‘Buy Uganda Build Uganda’…

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Mozambique’s EDM slashes electricity tariffs as part of COVID-19 relief

Jun 5, 2020

The government of Mozambique has directed the national power utility EDM to cut electricity tariffs for this year as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Mozambique News Agency, two categories of electricity consumers will see their electricity bills fall, these include households who pay the “social tariff” will benefit from…

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