South Sudan Avoids Power Plant Shutdown
In an updated report, the Ezra Construction and Development Group in South Sudan has announced it will no longer cut off electricity supply to Juba and surrounding areas, despite previous warnings of discontinuing operations of its 100MW power plant from January 12 due to a lack of operational resources.
According to the signed power purchase agreement with the Government, Ezra Group relies on a foreign currency allocation – distributed to Juba Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO) in exchange for the supply of 33 MW of power – the lack of which caused the near blackout.
However, after an appeal by the Deputy Minister of Finance to JEDCO and the involvement of the Central Bank of South Sudan, the company has announced that no blackouts will occur.
“The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has intervened – and all stakeholders are now urgently working together to make sure this drastic action never happens again,” stated JEDCO. “Following this latest intervention, JEDCO will not disrupt any of its services and will continue to provide all customers with a safe and reliable electricity supply. The Government, Ezra Group and JEDCO assure all the citizens of South Sudan that they are dedicated to helping to develop the country to benefit all who live here.”