The minister of dams and electricity, Dhieu Mathok, has announced plans to revive the power transmitted by South Sudan Electricity Corporation (SSEC) by mid-December.
"We are planning to test the electricity operation network on Dec. 16-17, and if things go well automatically we are going to operate the machines by Dec. 23," Mathok told the Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.
He said the objective is to reinstate the power transmission system to light up the capital, Juba.
He further said that more electricity supply needed to light up Juba and other parts of the country will be boosted by the on-going construction of the new 100MW power plant along the River Nile, which is expected to be completed in August next year.
The Minister said plans are also underway to introduce prepaid connections and meters to enable SSEC maintain and stabilise power supply.
"We have adjusted the power tariff, examined the tariff and found out that it was one of the reasons the power supply collapsed. We have revised the tariff to be in uniform within the region like Uganda, Kenya [and] Ethiopia," said Mathok. Read more about Kenya’s cheaper night tariff system…
South Sudan importing electricity
Bizuneh Tolcha, public relations and communications director with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity told APA this week in an exclusive interview that feasibility studies on exporting additional power to Djibouti, Kenya and South Sudan have been finalised.
“Installation of the 433 km transmission lines heading to Kenya is well on progress and more than 50% of the job has been completed. The 612km installation of transmission lines from the side of Kenya is also underway. The other remaining works are construction of substations and converters. The power export scheme will fully be practical before September 2019.” Bizuneh said.
He further explained: “The amount of power export varies as change in seasons. Currently, we export up to 80MW of power to Djibouti, up to 100MW to Sudan and 10MW of electricity to small border towns in Kenya.”
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