Big spending Sahel stabilisation efforts fray with second Mali coup and Déby’s death

Issue 439 - 27 May 2021

Issue 439 leads with a deep dive into the Sahel, where governments and international donors are desperately trying to turn the tide of conflict.

The issue includes an illustrated analysis of newly released figures from our African Energy Live Data platform – which shows that 2020 saw a huge drop off in new capacity – and asks whether the continent is at an inflection point.

Power sector coverage includes features on South Africa, where mineral resources and  energy minister Gwede Mantashe has confirmed the timetable for procuring nearly 10GW of power over the next eight months, and Zambia, where the  government has revived efforts to force access to Copperbelt Energy Corporation's network, eschewing negotiation in favour of another attempt at using a statutory instrument.

Also in South Africa, African Energy also looks at the long-awaited Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill, which is due to be tabled in parliament in June.

Oil and gas coverage includes features on Equatorial Guinea, where hydrocarbons output continues to fall in as ExxonMobil looks to exit the country and Egypt, which is turning its attention to oil and plans to achieve self-sufficiency in refined products by 2023.

The African Energy View looks at emerging technologies which have the potential to be transformational in Africa, but can also be highly disruptive.

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