Saturday, September 18, 2021

COTE D’IVOIRE: Government Declares End to Energy Crisis

  • Government declares end to the energy crisis
  • Supply restored after weeks of power cuts
  • Load shedding comes to an end

The government of Cote D’Ivoire has announced an end to the electricity supply crisis following weeks of power cuts and load shedding. Energy Minister, Thomas Camara in a press conference in Abidjan, stated that electricity supply had been restored throughout the country.

”The supply of electricity has been restored since July 9 throughout the country,” Camara said.  ”Electricity rationing has ended,” he added.

Cote D’Ivoire has acquired a new reserve power plant with a capacity of 200MW while repairs on its Azitor plant in the country’s capital has been completed. The Azito power plant, which generates a third of the country’s electricity, had broken down in April. Both residential and commercial consumers felt the impact of the incident with the implementation of load shedding schedules and power cuts.

The country has a totalled installed capacity of 2,300MW and last year exported 11% of electricity generated to neighbouring Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Liberia.

Adaora Elemide is a Lawyer with experience in the power sector. She worked with the PTFP throughout the privatization process and has interests in energy regulation, renewable energy etc.

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