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Bakkoury affair brings questions about Moroccan renewables into public view


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Issue 436 - 15 Apr 2021

Issue 436 leads with Morocco where concerns about the direction of the country's ambitious renewables programme have been underlined by investigations into Masen’s previously high-flying head Mustapha Bakkoury.

There is a focus on the impact of the security crisis in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region, where some bigger LNG schemes face further delays as a shaken gas sector takes account of an insurgency that can no longer be ignored – and which also poses questions about stability in southern Tanzania.

The issue also takes a close look at Senegal, where president Macky Sall’s government has emerged from the immediate chaos of extensive rioting and is pointing to major gas, infrastructure and other developments as a way to restore growth and create jobs, but its calm outward face hides deep concerns over governance and social tensions.

Power coverage include a focus on Kenya where a taskforce has been created to review the PPAs signed by state monopoly Kenya Power and its IPP suppliers.

Oil and gas coverage includes a focus on Zimbabwe where an Australian minnow has signed for exploration and a downstream feature on Nigeria where NNPC is pressing ahead with plans to revamp its network of refineries, as the country struggles to build enough capacity to meet demand.

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