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Issue 416
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Brazzaville struggles with global impacts and domestic failings

Debt restructurings and budget cuts, and reform commitments still to be implemented: in many respects, newsflow from Republic of Congo is much as usual. However, the coronavirus lockdown and oil price slump have severely exacerbated the problems confronting President Denis...

Central Africa
Issue 416
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Zimbabwe plans solar expansion as generation plummets

Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has published a general procurement notice for the development of solar PV plants at multiple locations with combined capacity of 500MW. Zimbabwe has been planning a major renewable power procurement for some...

Zimbabwe
Issue 416
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Zambia: KCM battles to maintain power supply

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has challenged a decision by Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) to restrict power supply to the miner to force it to pay $132m of outstanding electricity bills. CEC announced the plan on 18 May, but KCM sought an injunction in the Kitwe High Court...

Zambia
Issue 416
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Zambia: Kalahari GeoEnergy poised to launch drilling

Kalahari GeoEnergy expects to drill three geothermal resource delineation slim wells and complete feasibility studies in the next ten months, provided coronavirus restrictions are eased soon. The Bweengwa River geothermal resource in the Kafue Trough west of Lusaka has about...

Zambia
Issue 416
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Zambia faces debt crisis

Most immediate concern focuses on Zambia, whose commodities- based economy had attracted eurobond, Chinese and other investors, but which has got into major problems on President Edgar Lungu’s watch. These pressures have been significantly exacerbated by liabilities that were...

Zambia
Issue 416
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Museveni downplays oil’s role in future economy

In comments underlining the gulf that still appears to exist between the government and its IOC partners, President Yoweri Museveni has played down the significance of oil to Uganda’s economic development, saying agriculture and industrial development were key to the country’...

Uganda
Issue 416
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South Africa: Progress towards municipal procurement

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on 5 May published draft amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act 2006 to facilitate power procurement by municipalities. The City of Cape Town has taken the government to court to assert its right to procure power...

South Africa
Issue 416
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South Africa: Sasol plans 600MW RE programme

South African chemicals and energy giant Sasol on 14 May issued a request for information on the development of around 600MW of renewable energy. In its first Climate Change Report released in October, Sasol committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2030, using...

South Africa
Issue 416
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South Africa: Nersa approves $763m for Eskom through RCA

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved a regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for Eskom of R13.27bn ($763m).The RCA is a mechanism for recouping prudently incurred costs that were not foreseen in previous tariff determinations, as well as...

South Africa

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