Electricity crisis in Togo: “our dedication to overcoming this difficult time is unwavering”, Mila Aziablé

For several months, Togo has been facing an energy crisis, causing disruptions in the regular availability of electricity for households. To explain the reasons for this crisis, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Mila Aziable, hosted a press conference on May 25, 2024, in the presence of several bosses from the world of electricity in Togo including the general director of the CEET.

“It is important and urgent to present the situation to you as it is, to explain to you with clarity and transparency the origins, the actions undertaken and the solutions that we are deploying in the short and medium term,” launched Ms. Mila Aziable, before to add that the Head of State, Faure Gnassingbé, remains firmly committed to guaranteeing universal access to reliable, quality electricity by 2030, and to reducing our energy dependence.

The current situation only reinforces this unwavering determination to achieve these goals.

“Over the past few months, we have faced a series of challenges. We are going through an exceptional situation, marked by an energy supply deficit which has forced us to put in place an electricity rationing plan. This situation affects not only households, but also businesses and industries. I understand that these conditions are particularly difficult and significantly impact our economic activities,” she admitted.

For around ten years, Togo has managed to meet its electricity needs without load shedding, thanks to its national production and electricity imports from Ghana and Nigeria.

For the minister, a combination of technical and political events led to this crisis, summarized in four major points: notably the maintenance of power plants in Ghana which led to the reduction of electricity imports from this country; major maintenance work on natural gas production facilities in Nigeria has led to a reduction in the volumes of gas intended for Togo, Benin and Ghana to supply electricity production plants; major works on gas transport infrastructure in Nigeria have accentuated the gas production deficit. This unfortunately had repercussions on national electricity production, causing unavailability of gas and therefore less electricity for the four countries.

Faced with this shortage, Nigeria has decided to temporarily prioritize its national gas and electricity needs. This policy of national preference has drastically reduced exports of gas and electricity, already rare for several months, to Togo. This intensified the sector’s difficulties and once again disrupted the balance restored in April in the electricity supply.

Thus, faced with this situation, the Minister in charge of Energy reassures fellow citizens that the government is sparing no effort to remedy it in a sustainable manner.

It should be noted that national production covers 60% of electricity needs compared to only 10% in 2006, although demand has quadrupled thanks to the country’s choice to strengthen its energy sovereignty.

“In the immediate future, several measures are currently being implemented to diversify the fuel sources of our power plants, increase our national electricity production, and optimize our electricity consumption. We would like once again to reassure our fellow citizens that our dedication to overcoming this difficult time is unwavering. We are fully mobilized and are doing everything in our power to resolve this energy crisis quickly and sustainably,” reassured the minister.

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