Folks in Guinea-Bissau’s capital (Bissau) have gone without power since early Tuesday after the government missed payments to its energy supplier.
The Turkey-based power company, Karpowership, has supplied the country with electricity since 2019. But with $17M in unpaid payments piling up, it says it can no longer operate its local power station.
Intrigue’s take: We write often about US-China competition and the way it plays out through infrastructure and debt around the world. But this story is a reminder of how things can look from Bissau and beyond, where options are limited.
Also worth noting:
- Karpowership shut off electricity in Sierra Leone’s capital last month due to $40M in missed payments.