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Issue 412
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Zimbabwe: Holt Holding unveils solar project plans

German renewable energy developer Holt Holding Group has said it plans a 10MWp solar power plant at a site near Harare. The $7m project is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2021, director-general Heinz Luchterhand told African Energy. Holt is in talks with the...

Zimbabwe
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Virus, funding delay Zambia’s Kafue Gorge Lower hydro

Construction of the 750MW Kafue Gorge Lower (KGL) scheme had been expected to be completed in phases this year with the first 150MW turbine on line in April, but timings have been hit by travel restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Zesco...

Zambia
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Condé bucks modernising trend in West African democracy

With West Africa in its first weeks of confronting the coronavirus pandemic, nothing would have been easier, and more face-saving, for President Alpha Condé than to announce another postponement of Guinea’s National Assembly elections (originally due in April 2019) and its...

West Africa
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São Tomé and Príncipe/Equatorial Guinea: Joint exploration zone

The governments of São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea have agreed to establish a joint exploration zone and to develop cross-border oil and gas reserves that may lie in the blocks bordering each country’s national waters.A statement on 18 March said the decision was...

São Tomé and Príncipe, Equatorial Guinea
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South Africa: Kangnas wind turbines installed

Kangnas Wind Farm announced the installation of all 61 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines on 17 March, two weeks ahead of schedule. The 140MW wind farm is expected to come online by September, generating about 563.5GWh/yr.South Africa’s Concor and Conco Group are joint engineering...

South Africa
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South Africa: Sasol plans rights issue

Heavily indebted Sasol has announced a recovery plan including a rights issue, cost cutting and asset sales, with the aim of generating $6bn by mid-2021. Sasol ran into trouble last year with cost overruns at the Lake Charles chemicals project in Louisiana and has seen its...

South Africa
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South Africa: Public consultation launched for new procurement

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) officially launched a public consultation process on 18 March for new procurement via the Section 34 Ministerial Determination. If Nersa gives its approval, the ministerial determination will allow procurement of new...

South Africa
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Renewvia Energy partners with DPI

US solar developer Renewvia Energy Corporation has teamed up with Singapore-based renewable energy investor Dream Projects Incubators (DPI) to develop solar micro-grids in Kenya and Nigeria. On 17 March, the two companies announced the formation of a special purpose entity to...

Africa
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Producers’ fund seeks to turbocharge

The African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) is looking to reinvigorate its Cotonou-based APPO Fund, which has been renamed the Africa Energy Investment Corporation (AEICorp). Managing director Zakaria Dosso told African Energy AEICorp was looking to raise hundreds of...

Africa

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