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Issue 397
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Zimbabwe: Government introduces foreign currency procurement

Barely a month after banning the use of foreign currencies within the country, the government has declared that mining companies and hotels must pay for their power in US dollars as part of new measures aimed at improving electricity supply. In June, the government banned the...

Zimbabwe
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Zambia: Zesco will not import power despite deficit

Zesco cannot afford to import power to tackle shortages and will instead focus on streamlining its operations and sourcing more power from independent power producers (IPPs). Zambia faces a supply shortfall of at least 273MW after severe drought forced the Zambezi River...

Zambia
Issue 397
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Uganda: Consultant appointed for biomass study

Denmark’s Cowi A/S has been appointed to carry out a full feasibility study for the 20MW Earth Energy biomass project in Gulu, northern Uganda. The $650,000 contract has a one-year duration. Earth Energy Company Ltd received a $993,000 grant from the African Development Bank-...

Uganda
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Tunisia: Renewables tenders progress

Tunisia is pushing forward with its multi-part renewables procurement strategy. On 20 July, shortlisted companies submitted bids in the largest of its ongoing bid rounds for 500MW of solar and 200MW of wind. On 11 July, the Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium...

Tunisia
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Togo: Scaling Solar to develop 90MW

The government signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 9 July to develop 90MW of solar power under the Scaling Solar programme. Togo is the sixth country after Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Uzbekistan to join Scaling Solar, the IFC...

Togo
Issue 397
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Tanzania: Jacobsen collapse threatens Kinyerezi construction

Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) is working with General Electric (GE) to find a way forward for the troubled 185MW expansion of the Kinyerezi I gas power plant. Delays became apparent last year when engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor...

Tanzania
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New approach to mini-grid finance as CrossBoundary closes first deal

CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA) has announced a debut transaction that will see 60 mini-grids providing power to 34,000 rural households and businesses developed in Tanzania. The deal is the first project financing for a mini-grid, according to CBEA, part of the...

Tanzania
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South Africa IPP Office head ousted

News that respected Independent Power Producers Office head Karen Breytenbach has been asked to leave has been greeted with surprise in the South African power industry. The Joint Implementation Committee, made up of the Department of Energy (DoE), National Treasury and the...

South Africa
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South Africa: LNG market study tender

The World Bank Group is seeking expressions of interest from consultants for a market study of LNG and gas distribution from the planned Richards Bay terminal. South Africa’s Transnet and the International Finance Corporation are seeking a consultant to assist in the techno-...

South Africa

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