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France’s Perenco started exports of crude oil via the Chad-Cameroon pipeline in late July, following its acquisition of exploration and production assets including PetroChad Mangara from Swiss commodity trading giant Glencore.

Chad
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Considerable attention is being paid to Angola’s 24 August general election, as President João Lourenço and his ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) party line up against a strong challenge from a revitalised União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (Unita).

Angola
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Canadian mining firm Global Atomic has signed an agreement with Enernet Global to build a hybrid power plant at the Dasa uranium project in Niger. The plant will be built by Enernet under a build-own-operate model.

Niger
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Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has contracted Italian specialist Steam to conduct tests and set up a facility for extracting minerals such as silica and lithium from geothermal fluids, in a revenue diversification bid.

Kenya
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The extent that markets have shifted since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has been underlined by a surge of energy diplomacy in recent weeks. Complex security issues were integral to United States President Joe Biden’s mid-July fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al-Saud, but an effort to reduce oil prices was the real agenda-setter.

Issue 465 - 22 July 2022

New Algerian finance minister named

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President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on 14 July named a new finance minister to replace Abderrahmane Raouya, who was sacked.

Algeria
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Energy minister Jean Houssou has commissioned the 25MW Defissol solar PV plant, Benin's first large solar PV project. The project was financed by Agence Française de Développement, the European Union and Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique.

Benin
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The second phase of the Sierra Leone mini-grids project being undertaken by Winch Energy is expected to be completed in the coming months, according to vice president for business development Chris Kanani.

Sierra Leone
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WinEnerji Niger general manager Ferhat Isik told African Energy that logistical problems mean the completion of the 23MW Zinder heavy fuel oil (HFO) plant has been delayed.

Niger
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InnoSun Energy will develop a 5MW solar plant at the Trekkopje site north-east of Swakopmund, to supply power to Orano Mining Namibia’s Erongo desalination plant.

Namibia
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The 30MW Nagréongo solar PV plant has been commissioned. The Dutch-financed plant is in Oubritenga province, to the north-east of the capital Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso
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Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) secretary-general Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo fell victim to a heart attack in his native Nigeria on 5 July, aged 63, shortly before he was due to leave the post he had held with some skill and grace since August 2016.

Niger
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With over 7.4GW of engine capacity installed across 45 countries, Helsinki-headquartered Wärtsilä reports progress on its own co-developed power projects in four sub-Saharan markets – Nigeria, Gabon, Mozambique and Malawi – as well as for a range of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for gas-to-power (GTP) schemes.

Mozambique | Malawi | Nigeria | Gabon
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Brave efforts are being made to continue with business as usual in the Sahel, despite an apparently never-ending security crisis, which has been further aggravated by a split in the western-backed G5 Sahel (G5S) alliance of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, as the military-led regime in Bamako seeks to distance itself from France and its allies.

Mauritania | Niger | Chad | Burkina Faso | Senegal | Mali