Eskom concludes R15bn loan facility with consortium

Feb 4, 2019

Eskom has concluded a R15 billion loan facility with a consortium of local and international banks. The government guaranteed facility will form part of the financing of Eskom’s current capital expenditure programme. The power utility’s Group Chief Executive Phakamani Hadebe said significant progress has been made in securing funding. “We have made significant progress in…

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Zimbabwe’s Zesa loses $3.7m worth of electricity infrastructure

Feb 4, 2019

ZESA Holdings lost electricity infrastructure worth almost $3,7 million in the first 10 months of last year due to vandalism – affecting power distribution in the process. Of the $3,7 million, a measly $479 679 worth of materials and infrastructure was recovered as at November 30 last year. Vandals are largely going after overhead copper…

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Ugandan MPs recommend additional Shs334bn to boost electricity use

Feb 4, 2019

The Natural Resources committee of parliament has recommended an extra Shs334 billion for electricity transmission, generation and distribution projects to utilize excess power. In its report to Parliament, the committee recommends that government allocates an additional Shs60 billion to the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Shs96.1 billion to Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd-UEGCL and Shs178 billion…

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Ghana’s ECG installs 4,000 prepaid meters in Kibi

Feb 4, 2019

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has installed more than 4,000 prepaid meters in Kibi, in the Eastern Region. The project, which is aimed at replacing post-paid meters, is funded by the company at the cost of GH¢ 5.5million. Briefing customers in Kibi on the project, Mr Yusif Adamu, the Project Engineer for Mugi Bhagu…

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Zimbabwe’s Zesa engages BCC over power station

Feb 1, 2019

State power utility Zesa Holdings says it will engage Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and other stakeholders to resolve the ownership wrangle over Bulawayo Power Station, which BCC claims to own. This comes after BCC and a residents association objected to attempts by Zesa to have the generation licence for the power plant extended by 20…

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Algeria’s Sonelgaz to send electricity and gas bills by SMS

Jan 31, 2019

In Algeria, customers of the National Electricity and Gas Company (Sonelgaz) will soon receive their invoice by phone message (SMS). “An operation is underway to allow Sonelgaz customers to receive their invoice by SMS,” announced Mustapha Guitouni (photo), the Minister of Energy. This measure is part of the process of digitizing its operation, particularly as…

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Eskom likely to be unbundled into three entities

Jan 31, 2019

“Should Eskom be unbundled into generation, transmission and distribution, as is the worldwide practice? That is a debate we are going to have soon,” said public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday. Gordhan stressed that the South African government will soon have to discuss whether to split up the state-owned power utility in order to…

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South Africa, Sahara Group explore collaboration on energy in Davos

Jan 30, 2019

Enhancing the capacity, accessibility, reliability and safety of energy in its various forms were the key issues that dominated discussions between South Africa and Sahara Group, a leading international energy conglomerate in Davos, Switzerland. The meeting had South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Kola Adesina…

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Madagascar planning to double its power capacity

Jan 30, 2019

Madagascar plans to double its electricity over the next five years. The news was revealed by Roland Ravatomanga, the country’s new Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons, when he took office. The achievement of this goal will be achieved through five major points said Ravatonanga. The first is the introduction of new sources of energy…

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Rwanda’s REG steps up crackdown on electricity theft

Jan 29, 2019

Commercial electricity losses are still high with a percentage of around 6.5 of the electricity generated in the country and out of which a big percentage emanates from electricity theft. Stealing electricity has been around for a long time across the country. Most electrical theft crimes occur through meter tampering, bypassing meters, and tapping power…

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