Issue 490 PDF: African Union’s power masterplan shows daunting extent of access and financing gaps

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Issue 490 - 08 Sep 2023

The issue leads with an analysis of the initial projections from the African Union’s Continental Power System Master Plan, which show what an interconnected power market might look like.

African Energy reports on an apparent power struggle at Namibia’s national oil company, and reflects on the significance of the long-awaited progress at Guinea’s Simandou and alumina developments, which will require gigawatts of energy and power capacity.

The issue focuses on a number of key political developments across the continent.

African Energy examines the reaction to the coup in Gabon that has brought an abrupt end to the Bongo family’s decades-long rule and also takes a look at how  power and mining projects are facing in Niger following the July coup by presidential guard commander Brigadier General Abdourahamane Tiani.

The issue takes a closer look at the results of Zimbabwe's presidential election and examines the situation in Senegal, where electoral scheming has intensified as President Sall hesitates to name his successor.

African Energy also focuses on Nigeria, where after launching seismic subsidy reforms, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is now aiming to double crude output by 2027. Analysts suggest the new government may be guilty of over-ambition, but Tinubu will be encouraged by the imminent start-up of the 650,000 b/d Dangote plant, which will transform the downstream sector, and a $3bn Afreximbank emergency loan for NNPC.

The African Energy View reflects on the key themes and outcomes of the recent Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in Nairobi.

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