Khartoum: Mahjoub Othman
The Minister of Energy and Oil, Jaden Ali Obaid, considered the approach of renting a barge and stations from Turkey to produce electric power a shameful matter for Sudan, and at the same time stressed the inability to dispense with them at the present time.
Jaden said, during his speech in the “Keabe of Tea” forum in Al-Tayyar newspaper yesterday, that the rental of the barge and the Turkish stations took place in the past era, and added, “This is a very sad and painful situation, but we can only live with it,” contingent on the improvement of the electricity supply with their ability to maintain the current operational capacity in its condition. The maximum, as well as the addition of an additional 1,000 megawatts, indicating that this requires saving an amount in the range of 3 billion dollars.
The minister revealed obstacles to the completion of work in the Bahri thermal stations, Qary 3 and Port Sudan thermal, indicating that the previous government had set up a mediator between them and the executing company, and that the mediator had stopped working. To complete the work, or to cancel the contract and contract with the executing company directly, so he chose to continue the work.” He added, “We are watching it closely because these stations represent a project for us that must be completed.”
The minister indicated that one of the solutions pursued by his ministry to solve the electricity crisis is to expand imports from Egypt and Ethiopia, explaining that they import 100 megawatts from Egypt in addition to (100) megawatts from Ethiopia, denying that importing electricity from Ethiopia is different from Sudan’s position on the Renaissance Dam. He pointed out that Sudan considers the Renaissance Dam important and useful and does not object to the establishment of the dam, but it objects that Ethiopia does not share the operating program with them, which poses a threat to the Sudanese dams, and said, “All we want is for there to be a binding legal agreement so that another government does not come and veto.” the agreement”. Jadin stressed that there are more important priorities than electricity, which is security and the provision of medicine. He said that what citizens pay to purchase electricity is equivalent to “10%” of the operating cost. Jaden apologized to the citizens for the suffering they were experiencing due to the power outage, and said that he personally suffers from the cuts. The minister revealed the beginning of the disbursement of the grant provided by the International Monetary Fund at the beginning of next October, pointing out that 350 million dollars of it will be allocated to improving networks, while the rest of the amount will be allocated to connect with neighboring countries.