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TSX-listed Global Atomic Corporation has told the market that progress at its Dasa uranium mine may be delayed up to a year by Niger’s 26 July coup d’état.

Niger
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London- and Toronto-listed Endeavour Mining has started construction of a 37MWp solar PV plant, with 16MW of storage, at Senegal’s largest gold mine, as it further develops the Sabodala-Massawa resource. The West Africa-focused miner also reports progress on its 225kV transmission line in Côte d’Ivoire

Senegal | Côte d'Ivoire
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French uranium miner Orano’s Orano Mining Namibia (OMN) subsidiary said construction work has started at the first phase of the Sorexa solar PV project that will supply its Erongo Desalination Plant (EDP), sited 35km north of Swakopmund. Sorexa is planned to be scaled up, with future phases supplying other commercial and industrial offtakers in Namibia.    

Namibia
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After commissioning the Motheo copper mine, ASX-listed Sandfire Resources is pushing ahead with plans to expand production, which will include adding solar power and battery energy storage capacity.

Botswana
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Harmony Gold Mining Company has commissioned three solar PV plants in Lejweleputswa, Free State province. The South African plants are the first part of a wider renewable energy programme and are expected to reduce the mining group’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 65,000t in the first year of operation.

South Africa
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The National Assembly on 8 August approved a revised mining code that allows the government to take a 10% free carried interest in projects and a further 20% within two years of commercial operations starting.

Mali
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Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has invited engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to tender for the 40MW Otjikoto biomass plant.

Namibia
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President Samia Suluhu Hassan appointed Doto Mashaka Bitek as her energy minister, along with a promotion to deputy prime minister, in a 30 August cabinet reshuffle that moved January Makamba to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation.

Tanzania
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All of Kenyan President William Ruto’s personal energy, facility with words, public charm and ruthless cultivation of influential allies was on show at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, with a very hands-on performance as host of the Africa Climate Summit (ACS) on 4-6 September.

Kenya
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Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto extended its agreement for the QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) ilmenite mine on 22 August, signing a deal with the Madagascar government on revised terms.

Madagascar
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President Tinubu aims to double Nigeria’s crude output by 2027, but while a series of oil and gas projects are moving forward – and should arrest the slide in production of recent years – analysts suggest the new government may find it is being overly-ambitious, writes James Gavin.

Nigeria
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Initial projections from the African Union’s Continental Power System Master Plan show what an interconnected power market might look like, driven predominantly by renewable energy – but the plan also sets out in stark relief the vast gap between current levels of supply and what is needed for universal electricity access to help raise economies out of poverty, write John Hamilton and Jon Marks in Nairobi.

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In a potentially radical development for Burundi, Nairobi-based Virunga Power on 6 September launched Weza Power, a new private utility which plans to connect 9m people over the next seven years. Structured as a public private/partnership (PPP), energy minister Ibrahim Uwizeye said Weza would help one of the world’s poorest nations to achieve its goal of becoming an emerging economy by 2040.

Burundi
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Tullow said it would add about 5m barrels of net 2P reserves under a new agreement with Libreville to extend several of its licences in Gabon.

Gabon
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Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed Peak Rare Earths (PRE) said on 9 August that it had signed a binding agreement with China’s Shenghe Resources for offtake from its Ngualla rare earth project.

Tanzania