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Equatorial Guinea: power cuts increase due to drought and demand

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Equatorial guinea experiencing low rainfalls. Pic credit: Operation world

On Wednesday, residents of port city Bata, in Equatorial Guinea, said that they have been left ‘powerless’ for two weeks due to a peak in electricity demand and drought.

According to Yahoo news, government has asked residents to be patient with the current situation.

Minister for mines, industry and energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima said: “We have a special situation this year, there is too much drought. Bata has grown a lot in recent times, the demand for electricity has surged.”

The west African region relies on hydropower as its main source of power, which is generated by the Chinese built 120MW hydropower plant in Djibloho.

The dam’s water resources have depleted significantly due to the seasons low rainfall.

Ernesto Obama, Bata resident told the AFP: ” It’s devastation and we are distraught.

“Our food in the fridge is rotten, which means spending twice as much to feed ourselves.”

Hydropower: power distribution

According to Obiang Lima the state electricity company SEGESA, should ensure that healthcare facilities and military camps are supplied with power.

SEGESA said in a statement that power may be restored within “one or two months”.

Despite being the third largest exporter of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, many residents continue to live in poverty, Yahoo news reported.

Hydropower plant in Djibloho

The hydropower plant in was constructed by Chinese firm Sino Hydro, which received $257 million from the Chinese government to fulfil the turnkey contract.

African Business reported that 1,366km of transmission line and several substations have been constructed to deliver power to areas such as Rio Muni.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.