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Global Alliance for People and Planet and the Norwegian government have pledged more funding to support the development of solar power in Sahel countries.

Niger | Chad | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Djibouti | Eritrea | Burkina Faso | Mali
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The World Bank Group board has approved a $55m loan financing for Electricité de Djibouti’s portion of a new interconnection with Ethiopia, in a project also supported by the African Development Bank, as Djibouti tackles the infrastructure demands of the port city’s accelerated growth. Djibouti is also looking to raise its renewables generation, with wind, geothermal and other projects moving ahead after delays

Ethiopia | Djibouti
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China under President Xi Jinping has shifted markedly from its position of not intervening in foreign conflicts – even in a multilateral context – and positioning its forces far from the People’s Republic. Beijing has stepped up its military presence in Africa over the last decade, in large part through its contributions to United Nations peace-keeping missions.

DR Congo | South Sudan | Djibouti | Mali
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Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Siemens Gamesa has told African Energy that ten of the 60MW Ghoubet wind plant’s 17 SG3.4-132 turbines have been installed; full installation is expected by early October.

Djibouti
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) board has approved two grants worth a combined $83.6m to build a second transmission line between Ethiopia and Djibouti. The grants were secured from the AfDB’s African Development Fund, with $69.65m for Ethiopia and $13.95m for Djibouti.

Ethiopia | Djibouti
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When most African governments struggle to fund even the most essential projects, costly new technologies may seem a luxury. But rethinking how they can be applied to energy networks can be a valuable exercise for policy-makers and investors: ‘disruptive technology’ can have far-reaching benefits, or prove a red herring for cash-strapped economies.

Kenya | Ghana | Rwanda | Djibouti | Morocco | South Africa
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President Ismail Omar Guelleh commissioned the 20MW wind plant that supplies the Doraleh Desalination facility, 5km west of Djibouti City, on 14 March. Energy generated by the plant is used to power the 22,500m3 capacity reverse osmosis facility. The government plans a further upgrade to 45,000m3.

Djibouti
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Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) signed a $6.5m contract on 11 February to drill three geothermal wells for the 65MW Gale-Le-Koma project.

Djibouti
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The African Union Commission has received 17 expressions of interest (EoIs) for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility’s sixth application round. The EoIs, for projects in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya,Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, consisted of ten surface studies and seven drilling programmes, and were submitted by both private and public entities. Bid opening took place on 3 August.

Kenya | Uganda | Ethiopia | Djibouti | Tanzania
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The council of ministers on 12 May gave initial backing to preliminary assessments of a 30MW solar PV project in Grand Bara and 40MW biomass project in Damerjog. Engie is developing the Grand Bara solar project on an unsolicited basis, having signed a memorandum of understanding with the government for the project in May 2019. The cabinet approved the conclusions of a preliminary evaluation of the project, saying that it would reduce reliance on imported power while creating jobs and contributing to economic and social development.

Djibouti
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Construction got under way in January at a 60MW wind farm in the Goubet region near Lake Assal. Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Climate Fund Managers (CFM), the Netherlands’ FMO and Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority’s Great Horn Investment Holdings (GHIH) announced on 12 February that they were using bridge financing to speed up development, an approach AFC has also taken with the 44MW Singrobo-Ahouaty hydropower project in Côte d’Ivoire.

Djibouti
Issue 394 - 14 June 2019

Djibouti: Renewables projects

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The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources signed a memorandum of understanding with Engie on 28 May for a 30MW solar photovoltaic plant in the Ali-Sabieh region. The solar scheme will be followed by other energy projects such as rural electrification.

Djibouti
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Ethiopia and Djibouti signed a new agreement on 17 February for a project to build a gas pipeline from the Ogaden Basin to the coast. The pipeline will be followed, in a second phase, by the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction plant and a gas export terminal in the Damerjog area, near Djibouti’s border with the self-declared Republic of Somaliland.

Ethiopia | Djibouti
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A project to add 50MW-100MW geothermal capacity in the Fiale Caldera in the Lake Assal region of Djibouti got under way on 11 July with an official ceremony launching the drilling programme. Iceland Drilling will drill three 2,500-metre-deep full production wells under a contract signed last year. The first test results are expected in October. The site has been under investigation for more than 40 years, with the first drilling in 1975 and six wells drilled in the 1980s.

Djibouti
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The Djibouti government on 22 February cancelled a 30-year contract with Dubai’s DP World to manage the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT). DP World had been active in Djibouti’s port since 2000, but Gulf involvement in Djibouti and other neighbouring countries has gained more serious traction since the launch in 2015 of the military campaign in Yemen, which is a short hop away across the Bab El-Mandeb Strait. DP World held 33% of DCT after winning the formal concession in 2006.

Djibouti | Eritrea