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Construction has started at Burkina Faso’s largest solar PV project, the 38MW Kodéni plant, after France’s Africa Ren said on 21 October it had reached financial close on the scheme.

Burkina Faso
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Kenya has vowed not to abide by an International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgement issued on 12 October that found in favour of Somalia’s claim to a contested sea area covering more than 100,000km2 and which contains oil and gas reserves.

Kenya | Somalia
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Legal proceedings are due to be launched to challenge fundamental aspects of South Africa’s electricity policy, as the stakes in the battle between the government and environmentalists escalate, writes Dan Marks

South Africa
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The environmental movement in Africa has evolved hugely over the past decade, with pressure groups increasingly influential in politics and the courts. They have been joined by other human rights and social justice campaigners, who increasingly see environmental issues as relevant to their activities.

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The Kelvin coal power plant has signed a two-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the City of Johannesburg to supply an additional 100MW.

South Africa
Issue 448 - 24 October 2021

Zesco’s debt balloons to $3.5bn

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State utility Zesco’s debts have reached $3.5bn – $1bn more than previously thought – due to a combination of rising liabilities to independent power producers (IPPs), long-running disputes with mining firms and the depreciation of the local currency, according to energy minister Peter Kapala.

Zambia
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Independent power producer (IPP) Solgas Energy has connected its flagship project, the 5MW Cross Mabale power plant in Hwange, to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority grid. 

Zimbabwe
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A year ago, Dallas-based Kosmos was selling African assets, but it is now expanding its interests in Ghana in a deal which could help to provide cashflow for the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project in Mauritania and Senegal, writes James Gavin

Ghana
Issue 448 - 22 October 2021

Kenya: Eagol plans further expansion

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Mombassa-based independent fuel retailer East African Gas Oil (Eagol) plans to increase the number of its outlets in Kenya from six to 15 over the coming three years, its chief executive Abdi Ali told the local Business Daily on 12 October.

Kenya
Issue 448 - 22 October 2021

Desert-to-power secures funding

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The African Development Bank (AfDB)-led Desert-to-Power (DtP) initiative is gathering momentum with a $150m investment by the Green Climate Fund. The investment is expected to be followed by further commitments from the AfDB to take the Desert to Power G5 Financing Facility – which covers Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to $379.6m, to support projects across the supply chain.

Mauritania | Niger | Chad | Burkina Faso | Mali
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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is making a new push to convince governments around Africa to support wind, with the launch of the Africa WindPower initiative on 30 September. The new body is backed by private developers and equipment suppliers such as GE Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa, Enel Green Power and EDF Renewables and supported by GET Invest, a European programme to promote renewable energy in developing countries.

Kenya | Mozambique | Morocco
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Energy transition and renewable energies minister Benattou Ziane on 18 October launched a project to convert 150,000 vehicles to run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), as part of a national energy efficiency programme.

Algeria
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A major investment in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kamoa-Kakula is set to become Africa’s largest copper producer by Q2 2022, in a market entrepreneur Robert Friedland says will be “psychedelic”. It will be powered by the 162MW Inga II upgrade as developers work to better exploit DRC’s world-scale hydropower resource, writes Marc Howard

DR Congo
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered that the recommendations made by the taskforce set up to review power purchase agreements (PPAs) be implemented by end-December. This includes the renegotiation of active PPAs and a raft of measures to tackle the performance of beleaguered utility Kenya Power, with the goal of reducing electricity costs by a third.

Kenya
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The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (Nupeng) suspended a planned nationwide strike by oil tanker drivers on 10 October to allow for discussions with the government. The drivers had been planning to start their industrial action the following day over poor road conditions and other issues.

Nigeria