Power

Algeria’s Sonelgaz invests in distribution and transmission

May 27, 2019

Algeria’s state-run utility, Sonelgaz, allocated 2.5 billion Algerian dinars ($20 million) to develop the electricity distribution network of the wilaya of El Oued. This funding is being used to implement an emergency program that was launched in 2013 and carried out in 30 municipalities. It has enabled the installation of 470 aerial and terrestrial transformers,…

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New Zimbabwe energy minister vows to withdraw licences from under-performing energy firms

May 26, 2019

NEWLY-APPOINTED Energy Minister Fortune Chasi says his ministry shall soon follow up on all companies that were issued licences in the energy sector to see if they were delivering on set targets. “As a new minister, I expect to see research results and strategies that resolve some of our challenges and proposals to restructure the…

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South Africa’s NERSA confirms receipt of energy plan deviation letter

May 24, 2019

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed receiving Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s letter of deviation from the country’s Integrated Resource Plan as well as applications for generation licences. “Nersa hereby confirms that it has received a letter from the Minister of Energy on 2 May 2019, granting deviation from the existing IRP…

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AfDB President pledges deeper co-operation with Chad on energy sector

May 22, 2019

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, on 17 May  2019, pledged to deepen cooperation between his organization and Chad, to help the central African nation to meet critical development financing needs. At a meeting with Chadian President Idriss Deby in the landlocked country’s capital, N’Djamena, Adesina also called on development partners to support Chad’s energy…

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Zimbabwe’s ZESA sets out to pay Eskom, HCB arrears for power

May 20, 2019

ZESA Holdings has lined up a number of stop-gap-measures, which include mobilising US$80 million to clear arrears with Eskom of South Africa and Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), in a bid alleviate rolling power outages being experienced in the country. Payment of the US$80 million arrears would unlock more power imports, which have slumped significantly…

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Orange selects ENGIE for the operation and maintenance of data center in Ivory Coast

May 20, 2019

ENGIE (www.Engie-Africa.com) has been selected for the operation and maintenance of the Orange Services Group’s data center in Abidjan, for a five-year contract that will start early June 2019. This datacenter of the latest generation, built by the Orange Service Group (GOS), is one of the few datacenters existing in West Africa complying with the…

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Liberia’s LEC to electrify Pleebo, Fish Town

May 16, 2019

The LEC project, Kimber said will not only extend the lines, but it is going to connect homes and businesses in the two counties. The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has achieved another milestone in its drive to expand and increase access to electricity throughout the country, a release has said. The Corporation on Wednesday, May…

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Uganda shakes up electricity access for populace

May 16, 2019

Electricity providers in Uganda are teaming up to find a new business model to boost the speed and efficiency of getting power to those living without it, in the hope it can be copied in other parts of Africa and Asia, project backers said Tuesday. About 1 billion people worldwide still lack access to electricity,…

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Zimbabwe faces power blackout, turns to Mozambique for help

May 16, 2019

LOW water levels at Kariba and depressed coal supplies at Hwange Thermal Power Station, are threatening to plunge the country into darkness within the next three months, Energy Minister Joram Gumbo has said. Gumbo told journalists at a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, that he will travel to Mozambique soon to negotiate for more supplies to…

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Vandals dim Kenya Power city lights project

May 16, 2019

Kenya Power has spent more than Sh5.5 billion in installation of street lights in Nairobi alone. But as the firm makes sure that all areas within the city are lit, vandals are reversing the gains by stealing transformers, street lamps and wires, among other items. According to the company’s security manager, Mr Mohamed Mmaka, in…

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