Power

Côte D’ivoire connects 60 villages to electricity grid

Dec 21, 2018

Sixty villages in the Tonkpi region of Côte d’Ivoire have emerged from darkness as part of the rural electrification component of the 137-year-old Transport and Distribution Grid Reinforcement Project (PRETD), which has been funded to support , 82 million euros by the African Development Bank Group. The Ivorian Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, proceeded, on…

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Zambia says Zesco will not be ceded to China for debt repayment

Dec 20, 2018

Zambia has once again established the truth about the allegation that Zesco, its national electricity company, will be sold to China as a debt repayment to China. This time, it’s at the White House that she answers. John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s security advisor, has recently claimed that in its eager pursuit of power in…

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Ugandan government plans $5.7bn for electricity transmission and distribution

Dec 18, 2018

Ziria Tibalwa Waako, the Chief Executive Officer at the Electricity Regulatory Authority has told The Independent on the sidelines of a two-day symposium organised by ERA at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel on Dec.5- 7, that the government is considering the possibility of investing up to US$4bn (Shs14.8tn) in the electricity transmission network and up to…

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Kenya launches roadmap to achieve universal electricity access by 2022

Dec 15, 2018

The government today launched the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). Developed in partnership with the World Bank, KNES provides a roadmap to achieving universal access to electricity for all Kenyans by 2022. With the help of the geospatial tool, the strategy has identified least-cost options for bringing electricity to households and businesses throughout the country.…

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S. Africa’s Great Kei Local Municipality seeks to upgrade substations

Dec 14, 2018

South Africa’s Great Kei Local Municipality invites tenders for upgrading of Komga switching rooms and substations. It is estimated that bidders should have a CIDB contractor grading of 4EP. Only BIDDERS who holds 4EP or higher are eligible to submit tenders. For more see: ESI Africa

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Probability of loadshedding remains low until January 2019 -Eskom

Dec 14, 2018

Eskom has not implemented loadshedding in four consecutive days. The probability of loadshedding remains low from today until Sunday 13 January 2019. This is as a result of the expected decrease in demand as businesses and industries close down for the festive break. However heavy rains over the December to March period could impact coal…

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Tanzania signs $3b hydro power deal in heritage site

Dec 12, 2018

Tanzania will build a $3 billion hydroelectric plant in a UNESCO world heritage site under a contract announced on Wednesday involving Egyptian companies despite concerns raised about the impact on wildlife. Tanzanian President John Magufuli, has pushed for the project to start despite concerns raised about the impact on the Selous Game Reserve. Known for…

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FMO backs $32.5m electrification facility for Tanzania

Dec 12, 2018

In Tanzania, an estimated 145,500 households will soon have access to reliable and affordable power through the recent signing of a $32.5 million finance facility. FMO the Dutch development bank and lead financier, signed with ZOLA Electric and Symbiotics, an investment firm specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance on Monday. Bill Lenihan, Co-CEO, ZOLA…

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Meralco to spend $40m for stake in Ghana power utility

Dec 11, 2018

Philippine electric distribution giant Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will cough up US$40 million on planned equity acquisition at an electricity distribution firm in Ghana. “We are required to have 30-percent, but we can bring that down to 19-percent in the JV (joint venture),” Meralco President Oscar S. Reyes said. The US$40 million investment, he qualified,…

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GE’s EMS to monitor Malawi’s power grid

Dec 11, 2018

GE’s Energy Management System (EMS) will provide real-time and remotely managed information on Malawi’s electrical grid and power outages. Aligning with MCA-M’s Infrastructure Development Project, GE Power’s Grid Solutions business completed the installation and commissioning of the EMS and telecommunications systems at 26 substations of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM). The project., financed…

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