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Issue 378
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Uganda: Solar scheme

Ugandan developer Xsabo Group has launched construction of a 25MW solar park at Kabulasoke in the central district of Gomba. Vice-president Edward Ssekandi laid the first of the 68,000 modules in a ceremony on 3 October. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to commission the...

Uganda
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South Africa: Medupi unit II synchronised to the grid

Eskom announced on 9 October that Unit II of its 4,764MW Medupi coal power plant has been synchronised to the grid, eight months ahead of schedule. The unit supplied its first power to the grid on 7 October 2018, generating 400MW. Unit II is the fifth of the six Medupi units...

South Africa
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South Africa: AfDB loan for grid expansion

The African Development Bank has approved a ZAR2.89bn ($217.9m) loan to Eskom Holdings to help finance the upgrade and expansion of transmission facilities. The funding supports the Eskom Transmission Improvement Project, which will see the construction of 555km of 400kV...

South Africa
Issue 378
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Rwanda: Grid developments

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of $266m for the second phase of Rwanda’s Scaling Up Electricity Access Programme, which aims to expand access and improve supply reliability. Rwanda received $46m in 2013 for the first phase of the programme, which is...

Rwanda
Issue 378
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Local content for power projects comes under scrutiny

Local content provision has long been a hot topic in the oil and gas industry, but many delegates at the 3-4 October Africa Investment Exchange: Nairobi event were surprised at how far the issue could generate controversy and block support for electricity projects. Several...

Africa
Issue 378
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Golar, Höegh invest in small-scale LNG

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies Golar LNG and Höegh LNG Holdings have each announced an investment of $24.75m in small-scale LNG venture Avenir LNG. Avenir was set up in 2017 by transportation company Stolt-Nielsen to serve the fast-growing market for small-scale LNG,...

Africa
Issue 378
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Ecowas tariff survey

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has invited expressions of interest by 15 October from consultancy firms to carry out a comparison of electricity tariffs in member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). The survey is being carried out by the...

Africa
Issue 378
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Niger: Nigelec seeks bids to build Gorou Banda solar PV project

Société Nigérienne d’Electricité (Nigelec) has invited prequalification applications by 8 November for the turnkey development of a 20MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Niamey’s Gorou Banda district. The contract covers design and construction of the project, including the...

Niger
Issue 378
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Niger: Savannah announces fifth discovery

The UK’s Savannah Petroleum has announced a fifth oil discovery in the Agadem Basin with the Zomo-1 well and will now halt drilling until early next year. Savannah plans to submit a prefeasibility study for a proposed early production system (EPS) to the Ministry of Petroleum...

Niger

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