South Africa’s NERSA gives Eskom nod to increase tariffs

May 24, 2020

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has approved Eskom’s request to recover R13.3 billion as part of the power utility’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the 2018/19 year. The RCA application is a mechanism allowing Eskom to adjust for any over- or under-recovery of revenue for a particular year due to events…

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Relief in Zimbabwean region as electricity is restored after 10-month blackout

May 24, 2020

There was relief in this Matabeleland South when electricity was restored this past week after nearly 10 months of blackout. The area and its surroundings last had electricity in August last year. This was after the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) had reported the theft of 42 spans (seven kilometres) of copper cables, plunging residents…

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Niger reframes the allocation of licenses in the power sector

May 23, 2020

In the Council of Ministers, the Nigerien government adopted a draft decree determining the terms and conditions for the conclusion of delegation agreements and the granting of licenses within the framework of the exercise of public service for electric energy. According to the government, it is a question, through this measure, of taking into account…

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SA’s Eskom to seek renegotiation of PPA contracts with IPPs

May 22, 2020

In a briefing yesterday, Eskom’s CEO, André de Ruyter, advised that the utility had made progress in its operational stability but that it would continue to seek a renegotiation on tariffs from independent power producers. The Eskom CEO advised that the utility will seek to renegotiate power purchase agreements as these have not been sustainable…

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Parliamentary Minority demands full disclosure from Ghanaian Govt on energy sector debts

May 22, 2020

The Minority in Parliament is disputing claims by the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, that the government has settled in full its indebtedness to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The caucus has, therefore, challenged Mr Amewu to come out with the total debt portfolio in the energy sector so that Ghanaians appreciated the…

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Eskom CEO says system making good progress

May 21, 2020

In its Status of the System virtual briefing, South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, provided details of the company’s operational performance and system outlook for the winter period. Eskom Group Chief Executive André de Ruyter revealed that despite facing major challenges in the past four months, the utility has seen good progress in the five key…

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Ghanaian Govt has repaid $455m arrears owed to ECG

May 20, 2020

In Ghana, Energy Minister John Peter Amewu said the government has repaid the entire 2.63 billion cedis ($ 455.6 million) it owed to the ECG , the national electric company. According to the official, in December 2019, the government paid the full amount due for supplying electricity to the Electricity Company of Ghana. The state…

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Cargill set to produce natural ester fluid for SA’s electrical grid

May 20, 2020

Cargill Bioindustrial South Africa announced that its natural ester fluid production line in Isando, Gauteng is complete, following the recent approval of the Eskom tender. Cargill will be the only local producer to own and manage the production of biodegradable, natural ester fluid, called FR3, replacing traditional petroleum-based mineral oil used for the electrical grid.…

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Uganda’s electricity transmission sector be opened to private investors soon

May 19, 2020

In Uganda, the authorities are preparing to open up the electricity transmission sector to private investors. This liberalization will allow the inflow of capital into this sector, which has been left behind, after the accelerated development of the country’s electricity production and distribution thanks to private investment. The government indeed proceeded to the partial privatization…

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Namibia plans to boost energy security

May 19, 2020

Hopes of improving Namibia’s energy sector through diversifying the energy mix are high. This came after the recent introduction of reforms in the country’s renewable energy sector and the growing presence and entry of international oil companies in the hydrocarbons sector. Minister of mines and energy Tom Alweendo announced this during a webinar hosted by…

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