Senegalese Blackouts to Stop by the End of September, Wade Says

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade forecast that electricity blackouts would be over by September as temporary generating facilities came on line.

“The power cuts will be nothing but a bad memory,” Wade told a meeting of government officials in the capital, Dakar, yesterday.

The state-owned electric utility, Senelec, has hired generators with a capacity of 150 megawatts, Mamadou Diallo, company spokesman, said by phone today. Of that, 50 megawatts has already been delivered and another 100 megawatts should arrive by the end of July, he said.

Senegal saw its worst street protests since the beginning of President Wade’s 11 year rule in June, after power cuts which lasted up to 20 hours at a time.

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