Electricity Testing Set For Next Week In Juba

The Ministry of Energy and Dams has announced that engineers will test the long awaited electricity plant for Juba next week, ahead of the actual launch before Christmas.

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 06 December, 2017 [Gurtong]-Speaking during a press conference Tuesday,  the Minister of Energy and Dams, Dr. Dhieu Mathok  said that  testing of the network is to notify officials whether the  new machines are working effectively, as well as to  identify problems that may occur during transmission of electricity.

“We are planning to test the network on the 16th on Saturday, if things go well  we shall do the launching on the 23rd of December in  order to kick off our programme of providing electricity service to our customers in Juba and some surrounding  areas  where there have  been a power shortage,” said Mathok.

The two-days testing that will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of December, 2017 is an effort from the government to light up Juba town.

Mathok said the tariff set for the first 100 KW consumed by customers at domestic category is at SSP 46.61. “Any additional consumption is charged at normal rate of SSP 46.56, this is necessary to be informed that tariffs review shall be exercised on regular bases whenever a cheaper power generation or new sources of fuel identified,” said Minister Mathok.

Domestic users will pay SSP 46.61 for the first 100 Kilowatts and 49.56 SSP for above 100 kilowatts. Governmental agencies will pay SSP 49.56 per kilowatts, Commercial is SSP 51.92 per KWh consumed, and Industrial is SSP 53.10 kilowatts.

“The moment we launch the electricity and  it starts working effectively, it will not be for free,  our customers shall pay for it in order to help us buying fuel and other thing so that the power can  be constant without any interference” he said.

“We understand that all the houses within Juba Town are connected with power, anybody with a prepaid metre shall pay for it because we have a contract at the power station,” he added. 

It is almost three years since the government stopped supplying power in the city. Both public and private institutions are using their own generators and solar panels to keep their daily activities running.

According to Dr. Mathouk,  though the power will not cover the whole of Juba city, areas like  Ministries, University of Juba, Juba Teaching Hospital, the Parliament, Juba Water Co-operation, the State House and the residential areas along those roads will be fully supplied with electricity.


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