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Société Nationale d’Electricité (Snel) has given ABB an order worth $107m to upgrade the 1,700km Inga-Kolwezi power transmission link, one of the world’s longest electricity transmission systems. ABB will refurbish the stations that convert alternating current to direct current and back on the 560MW link it built in 1982. The link uses high-voltage direct current technology to transmit power from the Inga Falls hydropower station on the Congo River to the mining district of Katanga and enables excess power to be exported to the Southern African Power Pool.

DR Congo
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Société Nationale d’Electricité du Burkina (Sonabel) has contracted MAN Energy Solutions to supply three diesel gensets for the expansion of the Kossodo thermal power plant in Ouagadougou. The Germany-based engineering group announced on 18 June that it would supply three MAN 18V51/60TS engines to raise the capacity of the baseload plant in Kossodo, a suburb of the capital, by 55MW to 110MW, and in the process increase national generation capacity by almost 20%. Local company Tecmon BF is acting as the main contractor.

Burkina Faso
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Onshore blocks in the volatile Niger Delta are the latest Shell assets put on offer as the oil major changes its focus to the offshore, writes David Slater

Nigeria
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President Joseph Kabila’s government has given one of the two blocks previously awarded to Tullow Oil to a consortium including PetroSA.

DR Congo
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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 procurement programme. EDF Energies Nouvelles made the order. The company is an 80% shareholder alongside InnoVent in the lead developer for the project, InnoWind.

South Africa
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State-owned Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas) on 29 October said that plans for a second liquefied natural gas train at Damietta had been postponed until enough gas reserves were found.

Egypt
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The government has issued a general procurement notice for a study on the integration of wind facilities into the Egyptian power system and modifications to the existing wind integration grid code

Egypt
Issue 148 - 18 October 2008

AfDB adds Bumbuna funding

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The African Development Bank’s African Development Fund has approved a $16m loan towards the cost of completing the 50MW Bumbuna dam project. Work on the dam began in 1990, but was suspended during the civil war.

Sierra Leone
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The energy ministers of Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kinshasa on 5 April setting out a new timetable for a joint 1,000MW-1,400MW hydroelectric project involving several sites on the Luapula River.The MoU sets 2021 as the date for finalisation of the feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), the launch of construction tenders and the award of the contract. The previous deadline was end-2018.

DR Congo | Zambia
Issue 322 - 29 April 2016

Cameroon: VOG firms up drilling plans

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Victoria Oil & Gas subsidiary Gaz du Cameroun (GDC) is preparing to drill two additional wells into the onshore Logbaba field and has signed a rig contract with Savannah Oil Services Cameroon. Drilling is planned to start in late Q2 and complete by year-end. VOG described the budget for the two-well drilling programme as “less than $40m, significantly lower than initial estimates made in 2015”.

Cameroon
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Engen has introduced MTN Mobile Money payments at its ten service stations in Kigali. Customers can purchase fuel, lubricants and other goods via the platform, and the service will be rolled out to up-country service stations in early 2017. Engen started operations in Rwanda in November 2008 after acquiring the assets of Total. It now has 21 service stations in the country.

Rwanda
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has selected the CCS joint venture of Chiyoda Corporation, CB&I and Saipem as contractor for the initial development of an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) park at Afungi, on behalf of the co-venturers in Offshore Area 1. The selection is subject to negotiation and entry into a definitive agreement before Anadarko and its co-venturers take a final investment decision (FID).“I am incredibly proud of our co-venture for all of the accomplishments achieved to date, including securing more than 8m t/yr in non-binding long-term offtake agreements, which are now progressing toward binding sales and purchase agreements.

Mozambique
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The 5MW Siti 1 hydro plant developed under Uganda’s global energy transfer feed-in tariff (Get FiT) scheme has started operations in the Mount Elgon area of eastern Uganda. The run-of-river plant will power 60,000 homes, schools and businesses. The Netherlands’ FMO arranged a $35m senior loan for the financing of the 5MW Siti 1 and the 16.5MW Siti 2 projects, developed and owned by Elgon Hydro Siti Limited.

Uganda
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While Algiers tries to gain better control over Sonatrach's operations, IOCs remain concerned that the authorities are prone to inflexibility and obsessed with outmoded concepts of national interest

Algeria
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In theory, there is a huge amount of business to be done in Libya.

Libya