Benin plans to import as power shortage curbs production

Benin plans to import as power shortage curbs production
Published: 22 March 2010

Benin plans to import 18,000t of cement a month from neighbouring Togo after local production was curbed by power shortages, the government said.
 
The West African nation, which consumes about 160MW of electricity, currently has a shortfall of as much as 60MW, Bertin Djahipo, technical adviser on electricity in Benin’s Power Ministry, said in an interview on March 17. Supplies from neighboring Nigeria have been reduced to 50MW from 75MW, while Benin no longer receives the 12.5MW it used to get from Ivory Coast, he said.
 
“The electricity deficiency is very critical and we have to manage it,” Djahipo said. The government plans to acquire supplies that will alleviate the shortage, he said, without elaborating.