DRC: SNEL signs contract for supply of electrical equipment

14 September 2010

The national electricity company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (SNEL) has just signed a contract with a value of eight million dollars with the company ABB for the supply of electricity transformers for Kinshasa.

The contract forms part of the project financed by the World Bank, the purpose of which is to "reduce transformer breakdowns and improve the quality of the energy supplied to customers", declared a representative of SNEL to the ACP press agency. The works will take 18 months.

Ethiopia, however, has selected an alternative method of improving energy quality and efficiency.

Last year, the country started a project which consists of replacing kerosene lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs. Nearly 5 million bulbs have thus been distributed to Ethiopian homes, reports actu-environnement.com.

Encouraged by this success, the Ethiopian government has announced its intention to pass a law forbidding the use of incandescent bulbs.

Category: Energy

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