Power

N$45m Namibia power deal divides procurement board

Aug 24, 2019

THE Central Procurement Board has cancelled a N$45 million tender to construct a power line in southern Namibia, amid allegations of infighting within the national agency. The Namibian understands that the tender to design and construct a 132 kilovolt transmission line between Khurub and Aussenkehr has brought conflict within the CPB, including the bid evaluation…

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Mobile base stations to resume normal service in Zimbabwe as load shedding eases

Aug 22, 2019

Network challenges will soon end following an improvement in electricity availability that will ensure uninterrupted power supply at base stations, a Cabinet minister has said. Information Communication Technology and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe hailed the move by the Government, through the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, to reduce electricity load-shedding. He said this…

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TUC urges Ghana’s Govt to investigate ECG-PDS saga

Aug 22, 2019

THE Trades Union Congress (TUC), Ghana, has urged the government to thoroughly investigate the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) – Power Distribution Services (PDS) scandal and expose all those behind the debacle. Government on July 30, 2019 had to suspend the ECG/PDS agreement with immediate effect because it had detected “fundamental and material breaches” in…

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Ghana’s Energy Minister inspects work on Karpower projects in Sekondi

Aug 21, 2019

The Energy Minister, Peter Amewu, has said that government places high premium on the Karpower project, and, therefore, expects all players to work closely to ensure its successful completion. He urged the Ghana Gas Company, Amandi the contractor and ENI Ghana, to work according to schedule to enable the country as well as businesses benefit…

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India lends $42m to Zimbabwe to boost access to electricity

Aug 21, 2019

Zimbabwe obtained $42 million in financing from Exim Bank of India to improve electricity supply in the country. The loan will be repaid within 20 years and will reduce the current energy deficit of more than 1000 MW. Zimbabwe wants to give a new impetus to its policy of access to electricity throughout the country.…

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Zimbabwe’s ZESA punishes excessive electricity usage

Aug 21, 2019

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has effected a new tariff system to encourage domestic consumers to make optimal use of electricity within a calendar month. The system is designed to encourage conservation of power by ensuring heavy domestic power users pay more. ZESA public relations manager Mr Fullard Gwasira said the move…

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Connection of transmission lines to Karpowership begins

Aug 19, 2019

Work has begun to connect the transmission lines to allow the Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan, simply referred to as Karpowership, to resume the supply of power to the national grid after relocating from Tema to Takoradi. The 470-megawatts (MW) Karadeniz Powership arrived at the anchorage of the Home Port of the Western Naval Command, Sekondi…

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Relief for Zimbabwe as Eskom switches on electricity supplies

Aug 18, 2019

AFTER months of a crippling power cuts that had seen domestic and industrial consumers going for 18hrs a day without power, State power supplier Zesa has announced it will be downgrading from stage two to stage one shedding. Zesa according to officials who spoke to State media indicated that it will now be cutting off…

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Mozambique launches public tender to electrify 260,000 households

Aug 16, 2019

The Mozambican government is launching on Thursday a public tender to acquire the electrical material and services necessary for connecting 260,000 households to the national grid. Speaking in Chibuto, in the southern province of Gaza, at the opening of a meeting of his ministry’s Coordinating Council, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Max Tonela,…

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SADC intensifies efforts to improve energy flow in Southern Africa

Aug 15, 2019

Southern Africa plans to commission more than 4 880 Megawatts of new generation capacity in 2019/20 — a development that is expected to strengthen the regional energy security. The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has been experiencing power shortages in the past few years as demand exceeds supply due to a combination of factors including…

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