Wednesday, 18 September 2019 07:10 GMT

Ethiopia to portion electricity

(MENAFN) Ethiopia has started to portion electricity for regional and industrial customers after a decline in water levels in hydro-electric dams led to a production deficit.

According to the minister for water and electricity, the drop in water levels at the Gibe 3 dam resulted in a deficit of 476 megawatts, more than a third of the country's electricity generation of 1,400 MW.

He said Ethiopia has also suspended electricity exports to Djibouti and Sudan, which bring in USD180 million a year.

Under the rationing program, local consumers will endure blackouts for several hours each day, while cement and steel firms will have to operate fewer shifts due to the cuts.


Ethiopia to portion electricity

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