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Electricity supply resumes in Bor

By Deng Gai Deng

Electricity supply has resumed in Bor town of Jonglei state on Thursday, after a blackout that lasted for about 2 months due to floods.

The residents expressed joy saying the street lights will help improve their businesses and security in the town. In November last year, the administration of the station suspended electricity supply to Marol Market and residential areas due to technical problems and fuel shortage prompted by rising floodwaters.

Anyang Philip, the manager of Bor Power Station, told Juba Monitor that the electricity supply in the town resumed last week after renovation works on the power plant and electrical lines were completed.

“We resumed on 26th December 2020. We operate for seven hours on a daily basis from 10 am to 5 pm. We are supplying the Marol market, government institutions, and parts of the residential areas like Blocks 1, 2, 7 and the junction of Blocks 5 and 6 and the Akon Ayuel area,” Anyang said.

He added, “Due to the challenges in transporting fuel, we just added a very small amount of 300 SSP for commercial consumers like those who have fridges because transporting fuel on water using motorboats is very expensive. We have not increased the tariffs for the residential areas.”

Deng Angok, a businessman in Bor, welcomed the resumption of power supply, saying it will ease the daily running of their businesses.

“The electricity is working normally now. The market is now okay and the floodwater levels have gone down. All goods and commodities are now available in the market,” Angok explained.

Officials from Bor Municipality had earlier said plans were underway to extend power supply to parts of the residential areas disconnected due to loose electrical poles caused by the floods. They added that Marol Market and government institutions were not affected by the blackout but continued to receive their normal supply.

The Bor power station was donated by the Egyptian government in 2010. In 2019, state authorities handed over the power station to a South Sudanese private company called Nile Instrumentation Control Engineering Systems to manage it due to lack of service.

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