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Issue 202 - 04 February 2011

Niger: BOAD funds power plant expansion

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The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has agreed a loan of FCFA20bn ($41m) to the Niger government to fund the expansion of the capital’s main power plant. Capacity at the Goudel plant will be expanded to 65MW from 35MW to improve supply to the Niamey region. Most of Niger’s power comes from the Kandji dam in Nigeria, which supplies towns in the south and centre-east. Northern Niger is supplied through local production by Niger coal company Sonichar, which also supplies power to Areva’s uranium mines.

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

Libya
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There has been progress in the campaign against Boko Haram and President Muhammadu Buhari’s flagship fight against corruption. Higher oil prices will pump more cash into the economy, helping to ease extreme foreign exchange shortages that have hurt business. A $1bn Eurobond was nearly eight times oversubscribed, the Ministry of Finance said on 9 February. But pending a major fillip for the economy (including an eventual official devaluation of the naira), the outlook for Nigeria remains patchy, with investors holding back until they see clearer signs of the direction of business and politics.

Nigeria
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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have announced the members of the advisory board and executive committee for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. The initiative is a partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched in 2011, it has set three objectives to be achieved by 2030: to provide universal access to modern energy; double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

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One region seems above all others to stubbornly buck the positive political and economic trends recorded over two decades by African Energy: it comprises the six Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (Cemac) countries and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Events in the last month, including a failed coup in Gabon and contested elections in DRC, underline Central Africa’s chronic crisis of leadership. Such political behaviours are increasingly seen as an anachronism in a world structured by social media, as well as by older social bonds and traditional patterns of coercion by elites.

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Ahead of the promised law to break up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), plans to privatise Products and Pipelines Marketing Company (PPMC) – which operates a network of petrol distribution pipelines and depots – and Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) have been shelved by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and NNPC group managing director Abubakar Lawal Yar’Adua.

Nigeria
Issue 239 - 20 September 2012

Aggreko: Major reorganisation

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Glasgow-based global power rental giant Aggreko has announced a major restructuring of its global operations, to come into effect 1 January 2013.

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Sonangol has declared Cobalt Energy International’s Zalophus-1 well on Block 20 to be a commercial gas discovery. Sonangol said in a statement the Kwanza Basin well was drilled to a depth of 5,210 metres in 1,830 metres of water and encountered a 44-metre hydrocarbon column in the pre-salt. It estimated resources at 2.8tcf of gas, as well as liquids. A deal announced in August 2015 for Cobalt to sell blocks 20 and 21 to Sonangol for $1.75bn has yet to be finalised.

Angola
Issue 285 - 25 September 2014

Chad: SNE calls in Moroccan assistance

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Société Nationale de l’Electricité (SNE) has signed an agreement with Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) for the Moroccan utility to provide technical assistance, training, maintenance of generation assets and upkeep of transport and distribution networks. The agreement was signed by SNE managing director Mahamat Cherif Senoussi during a 16 September visit to Rabat.

Chad
Issue 315 - 14 January 2016

Kiliwani North gas sales agreement

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Aminex on 13 January announced a gas sales agreement with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) for its Kiliwani North field. Gas from Kiliwani North will be supplied to the new Songo Songo processing plant. Final well preparations are being completed before testing and commissioning of the new plant, and TPDC and Aminex will agree the start of commercial operations once this is completed.

Tanzania
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The close presidential election anticipated as Nigerians went to the polls on 28 March ended in victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, retired major-general Muhammadu Buhari, in a process many observers praised as free and fair. As African Energy went to press, it seemed likely that APC gubernatorial candidates would emerge largely triumphant from the 11 April elections to control Nigeria’s 36 states, despite a sometimes desperate People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rearguard action. With the PDP retaining only 11 states (of which four were not contested), its political machine is foundering.

Nigeria
Issue 260 - 09 August 2013

Uganda: CWE awarded Isimba contract

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China International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE) has been awarded the contract to build the 188MW Isimba dam, Reuters quoted junior energy minister Simon D’Ujanga as saying. D’Ujanga, who also announced the award of the contract for the 600MW Kindaruma project to Sinohydro earlier this year, said: “We’re looking for cheap money to develop our infrastructure projects and China has that money.” The Isimba contract is reported to be financed with a $500m concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

Uganda
Issue 242 - 01 November 2012

Ethiopia: Supply of substation equipment

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Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has invited bids to supply equipment for the 132kV Gidami, Mendi and Wukro, and 66kV Sekota substations.

Ethiopia
Issue 174 - 13 November 2009

BENIN: New EIB loan for CEB

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The European Investment Bank is lining up a €35m loan for Communauté Electrique du Bénin to build 308km of 161kV lines and refurbish a further 289km of 161kV lines and eight substations. Appraisal is under way for a loan seen as necessary to avoid major power supply disruptions and to extend the reach and quality of transmission infrastructure in Benin and neighbouring Togo.

Benin
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The attack on a bus carrying the Togolese football team as it entered Angola’s oil-rich Cabinda enclave from Republic of Congo shocked the Luanda government, and the international community, on the eve of the Africa Cup of Nations (Cocan2010) tournament’s kick-off in Luanda.

Angola