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Issue 407
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Zimbabwe: Invictus, Tatanga Energy seal gas sales MoU

Invictus Energy has signed a preliminary agreement for gas supply from its Cabora Bassa project in Muzarabani, as it seeks an upstream partner to establish whether commercial quantities of gas can be produced from the licence. Invictus announced on 19 December it had entered...

Zimbabwe
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Zambia: Ruling party urges solution to power supply stand-off

The influential central committee of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has called on the Ministry of Energy to resolve an impasse over talks to extend an agreement that allows Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) to buy power in bulk from Zesco for resale to mining...

Zambia
Issue 407
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West Africa: Bids sought for regional solar study

The West African Power Pool is seeking bids for the measurement of solar resources in member countries. The successful bidder will visit sites in all 14 member countries to identify 28-30 locations and take high-quality measurements over a two-year period. The company will be...

West Africa
Issue 407
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Tunisia: More solar projects awarded

The Ministry of Industry and SMEs has awarded a 100MW solar project in Kairouan to a consortium of TBEA Xinjiang New Energy Company and AMEA Power. The project forms part of an international tender launched by the ministry in 2018, which has seen 500MW of solar projects...

Tunisia
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Togo: Scaling Solar tender

The Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (AT2ER) has launched prequalification for two solar PV projects with combined capacity of 60-80MWac, which are being procured through the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Scaling Solar programme in Togo. One plant...

Togo
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Tanzania: Consultant sought for transmission studies

Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) is inviting expressions of interest from consultants to update studies and carry out conceptual design for a 400kV, 480km transmission line connecting Sumbawanga, Mpanda and Kigoma. The project includes the electrification of rural...

Tanzania
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South Africa publishes draft petroleum bill

South Africa’s draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill was published for public comment on 24 December. The draft immediately attracted criticism for its generous provision of a 20% carried interest for the state in upstream projects, plus a minimum 10% black-...

South Africa
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South Africa: Eskom chairman resigns amid broken promises

Eskom lost another senior figure on 10 January as chairman Jabu Mabuza resigned, ostensibly because Eskom failed to live up to a promise made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 11 December that there would be no load-shedding between 17 December and at least 13 January. The...

South Africa
Issue 407
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South Africa: Funding agreed for battery storage project

The Shanghai-based New Development Bank, formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank, has approved a loan of ZAR6bn ($400m) to Eskom Holdings for the establishment of a battery energy storage system comprising 360MW of distributed battery storage sites across four provinces...

South Africa

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