Ethiopia begins electricity rationing following water levels drop

Ethiopia begins electricity rationing following water levels drop

Following a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams, which led to a production deficit, Ethiopia has made a decision to ration electricity for domestic and industrial customers, the country’s Minister for Water and Electricity, Seleshi Bekele, announced.

The drop in water levels at the country’s Gibe 3 dam had led to a deficit of 476 megawatts, more than a third of the country’s electricity generation of 1,400 MW.

Ethiopia has also suspended electricity exports to neighbouring Djibouti and Sudan, which earns the country $180 million a year, the Minister adds.

Under the rationing program, which runs until July, domestic consumers will face blackouts for several hours each day, while cement and steel firms will have to operate fewer shifts due to the cuts.

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