Crunch time for Nigerian power sector as reforms are tested across the industry

Issue 443 - 22 Jul 2021

The issue leads with developments in Nigeria, where Jon Marks writes that the Petroleum Industry Bill and renewed efforts to privatise NIPP plants will not be enough to solve the country's energy challenges.

In Libya, John Hamilton writes that industry stalwart National Oil Corporation chair Mustafa Sanalla is under pressure at a time when the country is poorly prepared to deal with disruption.

The government is pulling out all the stops in the run up to elections in Zambia, with President Edgar Lungu announcing the Lower Kafue Gorge hydropower plant will begin operating within days. The opposition is hinting at major changes in the energy sector should they prevail, writes Chiwoyu Sinyangwe.

Eskom is pushing ahead with a massive $10bn decarbonisation plan in SouthAfrica in the run up to COP26. Dan Marks writes that although political gravity has shifted in favour of decarbonisation, the battle over the pace and manner remains.

One key battleground will be embedded generation, where mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe has hinted that liberalisation may not be as liberal as many investors would like.

Martin Burdett writes that while interest in floating solar is growing in Africa, with several tenders underway and small projects already operating, the jury is out on the economic viability of the technology.

EastAfrica has major upstream potential and James Gavin writes that slow but steady progress has been made over the past year in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

In the view, African Energy looks at the politicking around the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has ramped up with spats between Egypt and Russia. Both Egypt and Ethiopia have nailed their flags to the mast of flagship infrastructure projects and both will find it hard to back down.

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