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Issue 134 - 07 March 2008

Countries and Markets

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Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has shortlisted two Chinese companies for the 300MW Morupule power plant expansion, badly needed to reduce the country’s dependence on imports from South Africa. Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Minister Ponatshego Kedikilwe said the government was also reviewing several proposals from independent power producers. The Morupule expansion should come on stream in 2011. Speaking at a briefing for business representatives on the power crisis, Kedikilwe said BPC had entered into a barter arrangement with a power station in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, for BPC to supply coal in return for power.

Botswana | Egypt | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Morocco
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CONGO-B: Transformers contract; DR CONGO: Ruzizi 1 rehab tender; ETHIOPIA: Sterlite wins EEPCo contract; TUNISIA: Rural solar project; UGANDA: ERA approves Tororo plant

DR Congo | Uganda | Ethiopia | Congo Brazzaville | Tunisia
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President Girma Woldegoirgis formally inaugurated the start of the main construction work on the 1,870MW Gilgel Gibe 3 hydroelectric project on the Omo River on 24 January (AE 123/1). The president said the project, being built by Italy’s Salini Costruttori, would help to meet growing domestic demand and enhance cross-border electricity trading with neighbouring countries.

Ethiopia
Issue 131 - 25 January 2008

White Nile’s Southern Rift PSA

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Philippe Edmonds’ White Nile Ltd has signed a production-sharing agreement for a 29,000km2 block in the Southern Rift Basin. The PSA follows a two-year joint study agreement for the acreage (AE 117/10).

Uganda | Ethiopia
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The World Bank Group has approved a $41.05m loan towards the financing of a planned interconnection between Ethiopia and Sudan as part of the Nile Basin Initiative. The loan to the Ethiopian government will help it finance its portion of the interconnector. The transmission line will run between the Ethiopian towns of Bahir-Dar and Metema, and up to the border with Sudan to connect the countries’ grids.

Sudan | Ethiopia