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Petroleum bill set for release as South Africa government mulls gas options

Minister of mineral and energy resources Gwede Mantashe said on 7 November the new draft Petroleum Amendment Bill, which is currently before cabinet, would be released for public comment within the next three weeks. The bill was drawn up following criticism of the previous...

South Africa
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Can T&D plus offgrid enter a new world of investment?

A few far-sighted public officials and private equity investors have been looking at transmission and distribution (T&D) as the next big thing for the African electricity supply industry for some time. Momentum is building behind this, underlined by the recent creation of...

Africa
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Investors riled as Ghana arrears build and renegotiations bite

In contrast to South Africa, where the government has managed to cool tempers inflamed after announcements that IPP tariffs might be renegotiated, officials in Ghana appear to be fanning the flames. IPPs are being pushed to renegotiate the terms of contracts at the same time...

Ghana
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New loan for South Sudan crude sales

The Ministry of Finance has agreed a loan with the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) against future crude sales to finance infrastructure development and oil well rehabilitation, according to documents seen by African Energy. The loan, concluded in recent weeks, is...

South Sudan
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Ghana: Production, oil quality blows for Tullow

Tullow Oil has warned of lower-than-forecast Ghana production and disappointing crude quality in Guyana. A trading update on 13 November said full-year production from Ghana’s Jubilee field would be around 89,000 b/d, down from 96,000 b/d forecast in the H1 results in July,...

Ghana
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Ethiopia: Confusion over Scaling Solar outcome continues

Four bidders out of five bidders were disqualified from the first round of the World Bank Group (WBG) Scaling Solar programme in September. Only one bid, led by Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, was opened by the Ethiopian authorities following a hectic few months in which the...

Ethiopia
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EIB move reflects climate (policy) change

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announcement that it will stop funding fossil fuel projects by end-2021 has caused a stir in several sectors, including among grid-scale renewables developers who argue that in the current phase of Africa’s carbon transition, hydrocarbons-...

Africa
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Egypt’s renewables rush continues

The commissioning of the final projects at the Benban solar park in Upper Egypt at the end of October means that nearly 1.5GW of solar PV generation capacity is now being supplied to the grid from the largest solar complex in Africa. In fact the additional capacity brought...

Egypt
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Angola’s refinery plans face challenges

Angola’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum has laid out plans to increase oil refining capacity to 435,000 b/d by 2025 from just 75,000 b/d at present. State-owned Sonangol, whose entire board was unceremoniously sacked by President João Lourenço in May over its...

Angola

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