Issue 495 PDF: South Africa faces grid crunch, as private sector ramps up capacity

African Energy, Issue 495 cover
Issue 495 - 17 Nov 2023

The issue leads with a special report on South Africa. In a major investigation, African Energy’s editorial and data teams have probed unanswered questions about South Africa’s energy transition, which is being shaped by large corporations and their need for reliable, low-carbon power.

The results show a booming private sector electricity market that is also unpredictable and freighted with risk for all participants.
Our usual power coverage leads with Ethiopia, where tensions are ratcheting up with neighbouring Eritrea. Sources say five more turbines are expected to come online at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the coming months, even as questions remain over the megaproject’s economic impact and whether the infrastructure exists to increase exports.

African Energy re-examines the prospects for the Kudu gas field, which could provide substantial gas-to-power capacity for Namibia’s domestic market and for export to South Africa. Officials say it will proceed independently of recent massive Orange Basin discoveries further south, but industry observers are sceptical of the electricity export plans, citing the lack of power transmission infrastructure.

Oil and gas coverage also includes an interview with Perenco general manager Benoît de la Fouchardiere focused on the privately-owned indie's regional ambitions.

African Energy reports on big claims about investment flows at the AfDB-backed Africa Investment Forum 2023 Market Days event in Morocco.

The African Energy View focuses on Algeria, where President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has dismissed PM Aymen Benabderrahmane and all eight vice presidents at Sonatrach, having already removed the national oil company’s chief Toufik Hakkar. The clear-out confirmed rumours circulating in Algiers for weeks that suggested Tebboune is seeking to inject more dynamism into government and place key allies in prominent posts ahead of elections next year when he expects to stand again.

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