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In addition to a guide on how to use the Search function, Project pages, Organisation pages and Data Tool, you will also find below a list of Definitions of the terms used in Live Data and a Glossary.
Generate lists of projects or organisations using the filters on the left-hand side.
Fill out your search criteria, then click search at the bottom of the page. A keyword search is also included which searches background text as well as project or organisation names.
This tab contains filters which enable you to produce lists of projects, which can be sorted by project name (A-Z or Z-A) or capacity (high to low or low to high)
Here you can generate lists of companies and individuals active in the financing or ownership of projects according to the search criteria specified.
This is not intended as a company directory but as a way of searching and filtering organisations which hold or have previously held equity stakes in projects or are offtakers.
These pages contain the detailed information about projects. Beneath a map showing the location of the project and basic fields, you can view articles covering project developments or analysis of key sector events which will impact on it.
Live Data displays the installed capacity, rather than available capacity. This is because in the African context it is not possible to obtain figures for available capacity across the board. However, where this information is available, it is contained in the electricity production table or, in the case of available capacity or design estimates, indicated in the background.
These pages present information on the organisation's current and past portfolios of projects. Information is currently limited to projects in which the organisation currently or has previously held an equity stake, where it has been involved with financing, or where it is an offtaker.
Funds under management are also included and the fund portfolio can be viewed on the fund page. Projects where it was an advisor or contractor are not included.
This page allows users to generate and download tables with country level statistics. These statistics are generated by the information in Live Data in case of electricity generation, by SE4All in the case of electricity vital statistics, and by the International Monetary Fund and African Development Bank in the case of economy and demographics. The sources are indicated in the table.
Live Data is not responsible for the data presented by the electricity vital statistics or economy and demographic variables, which are produced by external organisations and included for the purposes of comparison and analysis.
Electricity generation variables are not estimates and are not based on modelling. The data is instead based on the sum of projects scheduled to come online in the future. As a result, they do not take into account government targets or planned future procurement rounds and are subject to change.
Instead they represent the sum of the current pipeline based on what is already announced and where projects have achieved some milestones indicating that the announced timeline is still achievable.
For detailed power stacks based on expert analysis of government policy, the project pipeline, and a discerning analysis of milestones achieved to date, please contact our African Energy Consultancy team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Data does not rely on a single source but instead uses the tried and tested techniques developed by African Energy newsletter, which has been providing accurate insight into the African power sector since 1998.
The Live Data team uses primary materials such as annual reports, licence and permitting documents, and most importantly contact with project stakeholders to put together project profiles and verify the information they contain.
By trying to strike a balance between providing as much depth of information as possible and providing comprehensive coverage of the project environment on the continent, at the same time as ensuring that the information is accurate and up-to-date, there are inevitably on occasion errors. However, the Live Data team works extremely hard to make sure that this is only the case on rare occasions.
We greatly appreciate your input and if you spot a mistake, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can correct it by contacting email@example.com.
For reasons of space and concision Live Data sometimes uses abbreviations for commonly used phrases. Some of the most used are shown below:
EoI – Expression of interest
RfP – Request for proposals
EPC – Engineering, procurement and construction
O&M – Operations and maintenance
PPA – Power purchase agreement
COD – Commercial operations date
MW – Megawatt
kV - Kilovolt
kWh – Kilowatt hour
IPP – Independent power producer
PPP – Public private partnership
JV – Joint venture
LPFO – Low pour fuel Oil
HFO – Heavy Fuel Oil
LPG – Liquid petroleum gas
LNG – Liquid natural Gas
ESIA – Environmental and social impact assessment
RAP – Resettlement Action Plan
LoC – Line of credit
BOO – Build, own, operate
BOOT – Build, own, operate, transfer
CHP – Combined heat and power
T&D – Transmission and distribution
HEP – Hydroelectric power plant