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Issue 352
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Community-owned solar grid transforms Zimbabwe district

A community-owned 99kW solar mini-grid is providing power to the Mashaba community in Gwanda district, an arid rural enclave in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South region. The 99kW Mashaba power plant, the country’s first such project, was implemented by Practical Action Southern...

Zimbabwe
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Uganda: New consortium revives refinery scheme

The government says it has agreed core project terms with a new consortium to develop its controversial refinery project. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium was made up of GE Oil & Gas, US developer Yaatra Ventures...

Uganda
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Suez, Cape among the world’s most critical oil transit chokepoints

In a new report, the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) has identified seven major chokepoints for the worldwide maritime transit of oil, which accounted for about 61% of global petroleum and other liquids production movements in 2015 (when total world...

Africa
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Libya: Exports hit 1.1m barrels

National Oil Corporation (NOC) lifted a blockade of the pipelines leading to and from the Az-Zawiya refinery west of Tripoli in a matter of hours in early August, demonstrating that it still has the leverage to guarantee security at its facilities. Thanks to a combination of...

Libya
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Libya: Theft, vandalism and delays exacerbate power deficit

Libya is enduring what has become an annual summer power supply crisis. The gap between supply and demand has grown to its highest level since the crisis began. On 7 August, General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol) estimated that peak load was approximately 6,950MW while...

Libya
Issue 352
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Kosmos plans London listing, new drilling

Kosmos Energy has announced that it will seek a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to broaden the company’s international investor base. “We selected the LSE for our secondary listing because of its strong liquidity, reputation for transparency and...

Africa
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As dos Santos retires, Angola sticks with mega-projects to promise brighter future

Critics abroad and poorer Angolans may question where billions of dollars of oil revenues have gone in past decades, but the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) prefers to trumpet its successes in the run-up to parliamentary elections on 23 August that...

Angola
Issue 352
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Kenya: Tarus confirmed as Kenya Power MD

Kenya Power’s board of directors has named Ken Tarus as managing director and chief executive with effect from 1 August. Tarus had been acting managing director and chief executive since 4 January, when he was appointed following the departure of Ben Chumo at the end of his...

Kenya
Issue 352
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Guinea-Bissau: Delmas to supply 15MW thermal plant

The government of Guinea-Bissau has signed a contract with France’s Delmas for the construction of a 15MW thermal power plant in Bor, a suburb of Bissau. The plant will be built with financing of nearly CFA16bn ($29m) from the West African Development Bank (Boad). The plant...

Guinea-Bissau

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