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Metals miner Pan African Resources continues to scale up investments in renewable energy projects to supply the group’s mines, having commissioned the 10MW Elikhulu Tailings Solar PV in May 2022. African Energy takes a closer look at Pan African’s power generation plans.

South Africa
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The cabinet has approved the merger of state-owned enterprises IGas and PetroSA, and the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) to form South African National Petroleum Company (SANPC).

South Africa
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South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has outlined plans to procure nearly 17GW of generation capacity from different technologies in FY2023/24, in new efforts aimed at increasing electricity supply and tackling crippling shortages.

South Africa
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Establishing a reliable financial framework for building cross-border power interconnections may be the single most effective way to improve electrification across sub-Saharan Africa. Yet bureaucratic impediments are holding up progress at an important scheme, the Southern Africa Power Pool (Sapp)’s Regional Transmission Infrastructure Financing Facility (RTIFF), which could implement its first projects in two to three years – with the right support.

Mozambique | Botswana | Namibia | Zambia | Zimbabwe | South Africa
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The rapid increase in private sector projects is recorded in National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) data that show more than 1GW of electricity generation projects were launched by private companies in January/February 2023 alone, following the removal of licensing restrictions in December.

South Africa
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Cape Town-based independent power producer Red Rocket Energy is further building up its project portfolio with plans to build two 150MW solar PV and battery energy storage facilities close to Eskom’s Tutuka coal-fired power station. African Energy spoke to Red Rocket’s head of development Sharief Harris.

South Africa
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Kenya’s first green ammonia (GNH3) project is set to enter the prefeasibility stage soon, African Energy's 17-18 April AIX: Energy in Transition 2023 event was told.

Kenya | South Africa
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The easing of licensing restrictions on private power generation over recent years has prompted a rapid rise in projects, according to figures from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), as more companies respond to the load-shedding crisis by developing their own electricity supplies.

South Africa
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Dubai-based Amea Power has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 85MW solar PV power plant it is developing at an unnamed site in North West Province. The agreement was signed with private energy trader GreenCo Power Services, a subsidiary of Lusaka-based Africa GreenCo Group.

South Africa
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Cape Town has announced plans to procure 560MW of renewable energy, as the Democratic Party-run city continues with its efforts to cut its dependence on an unreliable national grid and provide cover from the impact of load-shedding by national utility Eskom.  City authorities have also announced plans to build a 60MW solar PV and battery plant outside Somerset West, with support from the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF).

South Africa
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A group of local investors has injected $12.1m into independent power producer Decentral Energy Managers to help it expand its commercial and industrial (C&I) footprint.

South Africa
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Strong resistance from the public has prompted the government to abandon a national state of disaster for electricity sector announced in February and to reverse a controversial decision to loosen reporting rules on spending by national utility Eskom

South Africa
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South Africa’s relations with the United Arab Emirates have soured after the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services said it was only told in early April about a mid-February UAE court ruling that Atul and Rajesh Gupta would not be extradited to face charges of money laundering, fraud and corruption. It is another twist in the ‘state capture’ scandal that scarred Jacob Zuma’s presidency and whose ramifications continue to this day.

South Africa
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National utility Eskom says it plans to submit a final application to regulators in April to allow it to exceed the emissions limits at the troubled Kusile coal-fired power station while repairs are carried out.

South Africa
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The restart of the 970MW Unit 1 at Koeberg nuclear power plant has been delayed due to “unexpected challenges”, according to state utility Eskom. The unit was switched off in December for regular maintenance and refuelling; it had been due to return to service by 23 July.

South Africa