Guinea Bissau’s government negotiates to buy fuel for electricity production

28 August 2013

Guinea Bissau’s transitional government is negotiating to buy fuel to ensure the operation of the Bissau power plant until the end of the year, government spokesman Fernando Vaz said Tuesday.

The spokesman told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the government had provided a guarantee of 150 million CFS francs (around 230 million euros) to improve the supply this month and “is negotiating a supply until the end of the year.”

The difficulties in access to fuel have made the chronic “blackout” of the last three months worse, and Vaz said that the main obstacles were an obsolete power grid and generators in need of maintenance.

The spokesman also said that the government was trying to carry out two solar energy projects, with capacities of 10 and 5 megawatts, with a view to lowering the price of electricity, which is one of the highest in that African sub-region and perhaps the world. (macauhub)