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Issue 363
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Financial constraints limit growth options for access to solar in Zimbabwe

In an economy where only 20% of the population has access to sustainable, modern energy services, even according to government data, access campaigners see considerable upside for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar solutions. The Power for All Zimbabwe advocacy group sees huge...

Zimbabwe
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Long-awaited movement on South Africa’s REIPPP

The slow demise of Jacob Zuma’s presidency has coincided with a change of leadership and change of direction at failing national utility Eskom. Advertisements for the position of chief executive published in the South African press on 11 February call on the candidate to “...

South Africa
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Key agreement signed for Tortue LNG development

Mauritania and Senegal signed an intergovernmental agreement in Nouakchott on 10 February, paving the way for development of the 15tcf Tortue gas discovery, that straddles their maritime border. “The two presidents, convinced of the importance of the role of energy in...

Mauritania, Senegal
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Institutional investors make their presence felt in off-grid

London-based private equity firm Helios Investment Partners led a $55m funding round in January for Off Grid Electric, a solar home system provider with Silicon Valley origins. The round, supported by General Electric Ventures and existing investors, is believed to be the...

Africa
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Nigeria’s sector dysfunctions further delay sale of NIPPs

Claiming the challenges that had stalled the sale of three national integrated power projects (NIPPs) had been overcome, the Abuja government approved the privatisation of the Calabar, Geregu and Omotosho thermal plants last October. But there are still significant barriers...

Nigeria
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DR Congo: Kabila tightens grip on Inga Development Agency

A 15 January cabinet meeting approved a draft decree on the status of the Agence pour le Développement et la Promotion du Projet Grand Inga (ADPI-RDC). The draft decree relates to the status, organisation and operation of the agency that was created in October 2015 to oversee...

DR Congo
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Ankara intervenes to block Egypt-Cyprus gas cooperation

Turkey has embarked on a ‘beggar thy neighbour’ policy in the eastern Mediterranean involving diplomatic and military pressure, as its long-term political and economic interests are threatened by quicker-than-expected advances towards the establishment of a regional gas hub...

Egypt
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Zambia: Pöyry to carry out Kafue Gorge Lower environmental study

Finnish consulting and engineering company Pöyry plc announced on 23 January that it has been appointed by national utility Zesco to carry out further environmental and social studies for the long-delayed 750MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower project, which is located 60km south...

Zambia
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South Africa: Thabametsi gets environmental go-ahead

Environmental affairs minister Bomo Edna Molewa has approved an environmental authorisation for the 557MW Thabametsi coal project, despite an assessment showing the project will have a “high social cost”. The North Gauteng High Court ordered Molewa to reconsider environmental...

South Africa

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