Electricity blackout is back. Ethiopian consumers face blackouts for several hours daily — cement and steel firms will operate fewer shifts — electricity exports suspended to neighboring Djibouti and Sudan.

BY REUTERS

Ethiopia has started to ration electricity for domestic and industrial customers after a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams led to a production deficit, the minister for water and electricity, Sileshe Getahun, said on Friday.

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

Ethiopia has also suspended electricity exports to neighboring Djibouti and Sudan, which earns the country $180 million a year, the minister said.

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, Sileshe said.

Ethiopia Starts Rationing Electricity for Homes and Industries

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