South Sudan to inject 100MW of electricity into national grid by March
London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-South Sudan’s Ministry of Energy and Dams says a total of 100MW of electricity will be injected into its national grid by March, a move since by analysts as a celebration of the success of its private partnership model in power generation
The city grid became operational in 2019 and will electrify all homes and businesses by March 2020, said Minister of Energy and Dams, Hon. Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol.
The 100MW of power is coming from its partnership with Ezra Power in Juba. Ezra has invested $289 million in a thermal and solar power plantand a new city grid has been constructed alongside the power generation plant.
The minister said South Sudan is working to roll-out more public-private partnerships to bring power to regional cities, based on the success of its partnership with Ezra Power in Juba.
“Electricity is a basic need and electricity is the engine of development. If you look into the criteria used to start development, you will see that electricity is at the top. If we aspire to be like other developing countries, we need to help generate electricity,” said Wol.
The minister said the government had acknowledged the high tariff price of the new power system and is working on reducing it as a priority to assist low-income residents.
Former Undersecretary and new Technical Advisor Eng. Lawrence Loku Moyu noted that the government had plans to expand the country’s grid networks adding that “these network expansions need human resources to develop; we need new engineers, technicians, to bring these expansions to South Sudan.”
Moyu further highlighted that after gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan had not yet obtained feasibility studies done by the Khartoum government on the power sector. Purchasing these studies and implementing their recommendations is a strategic objective for the ministry.
“The new engineers that we are recruiting will have to study this programme from the beginning. Getting these studies and implementing their recommendations is now a priority for us,” he concluded.