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Guinea-Bissau capital plunges into darkness after government fails to pay electricity bill | Guinea-Bissau

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Electricity returned to Guinea-Bissau’s capital on Wednesday afternoon after the West African country’s government resumed payments to Turkish company Karpowership, which had plunged the city into darkness due to an unpaid debt of $17 million.

Karpowership said it cut electricity supplies to the city of Bissau – which has a population of more than 490,000 – for a day and a half, when fuel suppliers halted their work after a long period of non-payment.

Economy Minister Suleimane Seidi told reporters on Wednesday that $6 million of the $15 million in arrears owed by the Guinea-Bissau Electricity and Water Company had been paid.

“We are grateful for the government’s efforts to resolve fuel payments, which allowed us to quickly restart our operations and continue providing electricity to the people of Guinea-Bissau,” the spokesperson said. Karpowership in a press release.

Karpowership, one of the world’s largest operators of floating power plants and a member of the Karadeniz Energy Group, has been supplying 100% of Guinea-Bissau’s electricity needs since signing an agreement in 2019, according to its website.

“Karpower has agreed to renegotiate with the government to ensure that the backlog does not become a problem,” Seidi said at a press conference on Tuesday.

In September, Karpowership cut power to Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, due to an unpaid debt of around $40 million.

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