Power

Tanzania sets aside 91m/- for electricity project

Apr 9, 2020

THE government has allocated 91m/-for connecting power to three villages in Mkinga District, it has been stated. The Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, told MPs yesterday that the projects involve connecting electricity to Duga and Lanzoni secondary schools in the area. He said the villages to be covered by the projects are Mgamboshashui, Kumbamtoni…

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Eskom estimates it will no longer need public funding in 2020

Apr 9, 2020

Eskom, the South African power company, has assured its investors that it will no longer need additional public financial support until further notice. It needs financing estimated at 89 billion rand ($ 4.9 billion) for the current year. According to its executive director Andre de Ruyter and its financial director Calib Cassim, 56 billion rand…

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Mauritius containment reduced electricity consumption by 50%

Apr 9, 2020

In Mauritius, the Central Electricity Board (CEB), the national electric company announced that daytime electricity consumption has decreased by 50% since the start of confinement due to the coronavirus. In the evening, this drop is 40% of normal consumption. This situation is due to the decline in activity of large energy consumers such as offices,…

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Malawi’s ESCOM to continue using generators

Apr 6, 2020

Minister of Energy Atupele Muluzi Thursday said Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) would continue using generators to compliment hydro powered electricity most especially during pick period. Muluzi disclosed this in Blantyre when he visited ESCOM’s Chichiri Power Station to appreciate how ESCOM plans to ensure stable supply of electricity as well as see the…

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Zimbabwe’s Hwange Power Station expansion on schedule

Apr 6, 2020

Work on the US$1,4 billion Hwange Power Station expansion to add 600MW to the national grid is now almost 40 percent complete and on course for coming on stream in October next year as planned. Project manager Engineer Forbes Chanakira recently said: “As we speak, we are at around 39,4 percent and we envisage that…

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Egypt, Sudan electricity grids officially connected

Apr 6, 2020

The electricity grids of Egypt and Sudan were officially connected on Friday with an initial capacity of 60 megawatts, Sudan’s Ministry of Energy and Mining said. The extension of the grid to Sudan’s northern regions was completed with testing on Friday morning, part of efforts to expand power supply, Reuters quoted the ministry to have…

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Ivorian Govt will take care of the electricity bills of a million households subscribed to the social tariff

Apr 4, 2020

The Ivorian government has announced that it will take care of the electricity bills of one million households subscribed to the social tariff as part of the plan to combat the coronavirus. The information was entrusted by the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, during a speech, held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This support will…

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Eskom to conduct more maintenance work as demand drops

Apr 4, 2020

As South Africa enters day 7 of a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, Eskom has announced that it will double maintenance work at its plants. “With the COVID-19 national lockdown in full effect, Eskom has experienced a significant reduction in demand for electricity. Electricity usage has dropped by between 7 500MW and 9 000MW since the lockdown…

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Malawi’s Energy Minister says steady path to reduce load-shedding

Apr 3, 2020

In recent past, electricity power load shedding had been carried out by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) and Energy Generation Company (EGENCO) at unprecedented levels that reached up to seven continuous hours a day — disrupting many businesses and the economy. Muluzi first observe Coronavirus preventive measure before entering the National Power Control Station…

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Centralised power distribution for lockdown period in Zimbabwe

Apr 3, 2020

Zesa Holdings will be managed from a centralised point for the duration of the 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Under normal circumstances, power management is divided into zones. Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi told The Herald that the move would ensure power was directed where it was needed the most.…

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