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Japan’s pledge to invest some $30bn in Africa over the next three years has underlined the Asian economic giant’s commitment to rapidly advance its relations, as well as to expand its presence, on a continent where Tokyo’s involvement has too often lagged behind other big nations.

Kenya | Egypt | Ethiopia | South Africa | Tunisia
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Tunisia’s industry, energy and mines ministry is working on the early stages of a green hydrogen (GH2) scheme called H2vert.TUN with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and its Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) development agency.

Tunisia
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Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed is set to claim beefed-up powers under a new authoritarian constitution, via a referendum planned for 25 July. That may allow for progress on long-delayed renewable power projects, but his critics say the president has not prepared the population for some tough measures that are needed to prevent economic collapse, as state budgets are squeezed and unemployment and inflation increase.

Tunisia
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Fitch Ratings on 18 March downgraded Tunisia’s sovereign rating to ‘CCC’ from ‘B-‘ a risk grade too low for the New York and London-headquartered ratings agency to assign an outlook or apply modifiers.

Tunisia
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European leaders are confronting the urgent need to diversify energy supplies away from Russia, while also somehow keeping to their commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, that they made – indeed pioneered – at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, just four months ago.  African Energy examines the options and projects under discussion including gas and electricity imports and hydrogen prospects.

Ghana | Mozambique | Mauritania | Nigeria | Algeria | Tanzania | Morocco | Senegal | Tunisia
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Amea Power has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and concession agreement for a 100MW solar PV project in Kairouan.

Tunisia
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a commitment of up to $165m for the Leveraging Energy Access Finance Framework (Leaf) programme, which promotes solar home systems, green mini-grids and solar PV systems for commercial and industrial offtakers.

Kenya | Ghana | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Guinea | Tunisia
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Energy minister Neïla Gongi’s approval of ten small-scale auto-consumption solar PV projects with connections to the medium-voltage grid is another demonstration that technocrats are determined to press ahead with renewable power development, despite the considerable political obstacles caused by President Kaïs Saïed’s constitutional coup and obstructive labour unions at state utility Steg, who have blocked projects including Eni’s AFD-financed Tataouine PV plant.

Tunisia
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President Kaïs Saïed is attempting to unblock the development of utility-scale renewable power projects by using decree powers he adopted in September to approve new solar concessions. If Saïed succeeds, the country can take a large and necessary step forward in its economic development. Lawyers for the developers – who include Scatec, Amea Power, Engie, Nareva and TBEA – will be scrutinising the texts carefully

Tunisia
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Tunis-based developer Tunur’s history shows how far the concept of export-led renewable energy (RE) development has advanced over the past decade. Parent company Nur Energies’ founder and chairman Kevin Sara was among the early champions of generating solar power in North Africa for sale to Europe.

Tunisia
Issue 452 - 15 December 2021

Tunisia: Rooftop PV for cheese-maker

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Lansarine, Tebourba-based cheese-maker Centrale des Produits Laitiers – CPL Souani inaugurated an 85kWp roof-mounted PV plant on 9 December, saying it will cover up to 60% of its electricity needs during daylight hours.

Tunisia
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Italian major Eni on 27 November announced a €385m ($436m) deal to sell a 49.9% stake in its Trans-Tunisian Pipeline Company (TTPC) and Trans-Mediterranean Pipeline Company (TMPC) subsidiaries to Italian pipeline operator Snam. The two subsidiaries operate the gas pipelines that connect Algeria to Italy, passing through Tunisia.

Algeria | Tunisia
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The Saied administration is expected to push ahead with its renewable power procurement programme, despite significant constitutional, legal and political barriers, writes John Hamilton

Tunisia
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Tunisia’s political turmoil has stopped the development of renewable power projects – and much else – in their tracks and it may be impossible to resume work until the fundamental challenges posed by President Kaïs Saied’s suspension of the constitution and assumption of direct power have been resolved, in an unpromising situation that could get worse, writes John Hamilton

Tunisia
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A joint venture of Genoa-based Rina and Tunisia’s Comete Engineering has won a contract for a marine feasibility study for the long-anticipated 600MW Italy-Tunisia Interconnection.

Tunisia