Equatorial Guinea’s economic capital ‘without power for 2 weeks’


MALABO, Equatorial Guinea: A drought and a surge in demand for electricity have left the residents of Equatorial Guinea’s economic capital of Bata virtually without power for two weeks, authorities and residents said Wednesday. The government has urged Bata’s hundreds of thousands of residents to be “patient.” The western port city of Bata is supplied with power from a hydroelectric dam at Djibloho built by China, with a capacity of 120 MW, and located on the river Wole. But the water level has dropped severely due to drought. The energy minister, one of the sons of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, said the state electricity company SEGESA should prioritize strategic sites such as hospitals and military camps. In a statement, SEGESA said that power may be restored in “one or two months.”



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