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The modelling phase of the Continent System Master Plan, scheduled to conclude at end-2023, aims to show what transmission and generation investments and infrastructure are needed to meet long-term power and economic development needs.

African Energy is following the process and related transmission projects while assessing how the exercise could contribute to transforming the sector.

A 26 July putsch in Niger has new implications for regional stability and the fight against jihadism in the Sahel.

Francophone West Africa’s most recent crop of military leaders have all promised ‘transition’, to include elections by end-2024.  But how far each of these political processes go is questionable: none of the juntas look particularly secure, but neither do their leaders seem keen on handing over power.

As security and economic crises pose ever more challenges, it would be a good time for Nigeria to unleash its more positive forces to avoid an even worse malaise.  But few believe the new president will be able to quickly turn things around.

C&I investments from large private sector players are advancing as are some electrification and off-grid schemes but the industry remains mired in critical liquidity issues.  The new president must also decide whether to accelerate oil and gas reforms.

COP climate conferences have evolved into annual events whose outcomes have major impacts on energy sector financing and development. COP26 in Glasgow brought an end to gas-related finance. Something of an energy industry jamboree at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh partly reversed that trend.

Key issues at Abu Dhabi’s COP28 will include resolving whether international financing commitments have been unlocked and whether Just Energy Transition can help the global south to counter climate change while simultaneously promoting development goals.

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