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05
Apr
16:46 UTC

South Sudan Tactical: Juba Electricity Distribution Company to begin partial load shedding from April 6; allot for disruptions

Please be advised

  • In a statement released on April 5, Juba Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO) claimed that it has been informed by its third party bulk energy supplier that due to a lack of resources and commitment from stakeholders the power plant is no longer able to supply power. JEDCO is therefore reportedly obliged to begin partially shedding from the Juba power network on April  6 ahead of a complete shut down.
  • The statement also claims that affected areas will be informed by April 6.
  • Reports from April 5 indicate that the government had allocated three million USD per month to the energy supplier after JEDCO had threatened to cut off the electricity supply on January 12 due to the government’s failure to provide foreign currency payments. 
  • Reports indicate that the government is expected to take over the power plant in the future according to an agreement between the involved stakeholders.
  • Reports indicate that over 9,000 households, 3,000 businesses, and 200 government institutions are connected to the grid.

Assessments & Forecast

That the threats are being repeated so soon after the previous government intervention highlights the authorities’ inability to provide the necessary funds to avoid power shedding entirely. This denotes the recurring nature of the issue, highlighting the weakness of South Sudan’s institutions. FORECAST: Furthermore, with the government reportedly scheduled to take control of the power plant in the future, authorities may choose to look for alternative suppliers rather than resolve issues with the existing suppliers. Although the slated shutdown is intended to be gradual, the scale of the network is such that it is liable to cause considerable disruption and the government is likely to allocate necessary resources to avoid a complete power shutdown in the capital.

Recommendations

  1. Those operating or residing in Juba on April 6 and over the coming days and weeks are advised to allot for disruptions due to the power outages.
  2. Take necessary precautions to secure business continuity during the power cut, including confirming that places have working generators and packing sufficient batteries and flashlights.
COUNTRY RISK LEVEL High
AFFECTED AREA Juba, South Sudan
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Low
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed

Please be advised

  • In a statement released on April 5, Juba Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO) claimed that it has been informed by its third party bulk energy supplier that due to a lack of resources and commitment from stakeholders the power plant is no longer able to supply power. JEDCO is therefore reportedly obliged to begin partially shedding from the Juba power network on April  6 ahead of a complete shut down.
  • The statement also claims that affected areas will be informed by April 6.
  • Reports from April 5 indicate that the government had allocated three million USD per month to the energy supplier after JEDCO had threatened to cut off the electricity supply on January 12 due to the government’s failure to provide foreign currency payments. 
  • Reports indicate that the government is expected to take over the power plant in the future according to an agreement between the involved stakeholders.
  • Reports indicate that over 9,000 households, 3,000 businesses, and 200 government institutions are connected to the grid.

Assessments & Forecast

That the threats are being repeated so soon after the previous government intervention highlights the authorities’ inability to provide the necessary funds to avoid power shedding entirely. This denotes the recurring nature of the issue, highlighting the weakness of South Sudan’s institutions. FORECAST: Furthermore, with the government reportedly scheduled to take control of the power plant in the future, authorities may choose to look for alternative suppliers rather than resolve issues with the existing suppliers. Although the slated shutdown is intended to be gradual, the scale of the network is such that it is liable to cause considerable disruption and the government is likely to allocate necessary resources to avoid a complete power shutdown in the capital.

Recommendations

  1. Those operating or residing in Juba on April 6 and over the coming days and weeks are advised to allot for disruptions due to the power outages.
  2. Take necessary precautions to secure business continuity during the power cut, including confirming that places have working generators and packing sufficient batteries and flashlights.
COUNTRY RISK LEVEL High
AFFECTED AREA Juba, South Sudan
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Low
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed