Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:34 GMT
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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.

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Ethiopia to portion electricity

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