Burkina/Energy: The government adopts a series of measures intended to improve the financial performance of SONABEL
Ouagadougou, the 1September 2, 2023 (AIB) – The Minister in charge of Energy, Simon Pierre Boussim indicated Tuesday in Ouagadougou that the government has adopted a series of measures intended to improve the financial performance of the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso. (SONABEL) by eliminating, among other things, subsidies to certain large customers.
“The government has adopted a series of measures intended to improve the financial performance of SONABEL and which will come into force from October 1, 2023,” indicated the Minister in charge of Energy, Simon Pierre Boussim.
According to Mr. Boussim, these measures consist of the application of unsubsidized rates to certain categories of customers including, in particular, banks and other financial establishments, insurance companies, telecommunications companies, international institutions, diplomatic enclaves.
According to him, this also consists of a rearrangement of SONABEL’s tariff structure, consisting of moving the high rates of the day towards the peak of the evening and the lower rates of the evening towards the day.
“This redevelopment should encourage large consumers to shift their energy demand from night to day,” he said.
For the minister, these measures also include the proposal of a negotiated tariff to customers requesting more than 10MW.
“This measure aims to give industrialists and other large consumers who wish to make investments in the energy sector the opportunity to negotiate advantages on their billing,” he underlined.
For him, the various measures put in place by the government consist, moreover, of a rearrangement of the tariff for poor power factor, by a rereading of the subscription policy of large consumers consisting of the elimination of the bonus and the readjustment penalties for poor consumption.
For the Minister in charge of Energy, through all of these measures, the government of Burkina Faso pays particular attention to the electrical energy sector as evidenced by the financial effort always made in subsidizing fuel. intended for the production of electricity.
“However, in view of the energy and economic situation in our country, the State has reviewed its priorities in terms of public spending. This new situation leads to the need for a gradual reduction of the various subsidies,” he observed.
Burkina Faso Information Agency