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Issue 394
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Sudanese standoff highlights shifts in geostrategic balance

The standoff between Sudan’s diffuse opposition movement and the military junta that replaced President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir in mid-April has deepened as both sides – each in their own way deeply divided – dig in. This could pose major problems for Africa and a creaking...

Sudan
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Zambia: Refinery partner to be appointed in Q3

Zambia plans to select a strategic partner to run the Indeni Petroleum Refinery and take over procurement of petroleum feedstock by September this year, according to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).IDC, the holding company for state-owned enterprises, has...

Zambia
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Zambia: CEC seeks to secure supply

Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) plans to import 200MW from the Southern African Power Pool for its mining customers to make up a supply shortfall after state power utility Zesco was forced to reduce power generation at its key hydro stations.On 1 June, Zesco started...

Zambia
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Uganda: Oranto completes 2D seismic

Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum has completed acquisition of 326km of 2D seismic data over the Ngassa Block in the Albertine Graben. The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) said the survey was carried out by the UK’s IMC Geophysical Services between 19 April and 18 May as part of...

Uganda
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South Africa: Globeleq completes acquisition

On 29 May, Globeleq announced it had completed the acquisition of four renewable power plants from New York Stock Exchange-listed Brookfield Asset Management. The plants are the 11MW Aries, 11MW Konkoonsies and 31MW Soutpan solar photovoltaic plants and the 27MW Klipheuwel...

South Africa
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South Africa: Vestas EPC for Wesley wind farm

Vestas announced on 3 June that it has been appointed engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the 35MW Wesley wind project in the Eastern Cape. Wesley, also known as Wesley-Ciskei, was selected in the fourth round of the country’s renewable energy IPP...

South Africa
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South Africa’s new government faces the same problems

President Cyril Ramaphosa on 29 May announced his new cabinet, merging the energy and mineral resources ministries and appointing political heavyweight and former miner Gwede Mantashe as minister. Mantashe has served as chairman of the South African Communist Party and as...

South Africa
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Consultant sought to develop electricity law

The World Bank is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 15 June to help draw up a Somali Electricity Act. The project aims to promote the introduction of market discipline to the power sector and to create a favourable investment climate for private sector...

Somalia
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Sierra Leone: WBG approves $50m for utility reform project

The World Bank’s International Development Association approved additional financing worth $50m on 17 May for the Energy Sector Utility Reform Project. The government will contribute $1m. Following a slow start in 2013-14, the programme has supported the Electricity...

Sierra Leone

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