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Since the putsch that removed the now-exiled President Alpha Condé in September, ‘Interim President’ Colonel Mamady Doumbouya has been determined to stamp his mark on Guinea. His policies may be less confrontational than those of his friend Colonel Assimi Goïta in Mali, who replaced French forces with Russian Wagner Group paramilitaries, but Doumbouya has nevertheless asserted control over his country’s political and business life.

Guinea
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a commitment of up to $165m for the Leveraging Energy Access Finance Framework (Leaf) programme, which promotes solar home systems, green mini-grids and solar PV systems for commercial and industrial offtakers.

Kenya | Ghana | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Guinea | Tunisia
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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya’s cabinet has been presented by his regime as bringing technocrats into key positions to improve the government’s performance, but critics say ministers are either too ‘apolitical’ to enact genuine change, or compromised by past business dealings. A strong signal comes with the presidency taking direct control of major state assets from other public sector bodies, write David Slater, Jon Marks and our Special Correspondent

Guinea
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Despite a five-fold increase in installed capacity over the past decade Guinea’s electricity supply industry will need huge investment to keep pace with growing demand, unlock stranded generation and increase low levels of access. The government is turning to mining companies to help finance this expansion, writes David Slater.

Guinea
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Controversy continues to dog financing from China, the world’s largest bilateral lender by a distance. Its debt provision has transformed the African funding landscape over the past two decades: according to African Energy Live Data, $38bn of Chinese investment was committed to power projects across the continent between 2014 and 2019 alone.

Botswana | DR Congo | Uganda | Guinea | Zambia | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville
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The announcement that ArcelorMittal had finally agreed with President George Weah’s government to expand the Luxembourg-based steelmaker’s iron mining and logistics operations in Liberia was especially ill-timed for Conakry, coming days after Colonel Mamady Doumbouya’s coup d’état, which removed President Alpha Condé.

Guinea | Liberia
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Financial close for the 128MW Sambangalou cross-border hydroelectric power (HEP) project will likely occur in Q4 21 or Q1 2022, Andritz senior vice president Alexander Schwab told African Energy.

Guinea | Senegal
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The military junta that deposed President Alpha Condé remains insistent that it’s taking a ‘business as usual’ approach as it starts discussions over the formation of a new government, but the outlook for Guinea’s political landscape, and the energy sector, remains up in the air, writes David Slater

Guinea
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Guinea has world-scale iron ore, bauxite and other mineral resources, as media reports quickly reminded their consumers when news came in on Sunday 5 September that an imposing-looking putschist, Groupement des Forces Spéciales (GPS) commander Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, had seized power in Conakry.

Guinea
Issue 443 - 22 July 2021

Guinea-Liberia project confusion

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Officially, Conakry and Monrovia are lined up to develop a new transport corridor that will bring iron ore from the Guinean north-east for export via a railway corridor to port facilities in Liberia. The governments have a transit agreement in place and are carrying on with what will be a major project for the cash-strapped states.

Guinea | Liberia
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The developers behind the 40MWac Khoumagueli solar PV project have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Electricité de Guinée (EDG). The state utility’s first grid-tied solar project is designed to complement EDG’s nearby 75MW Garafiri hydroelectric power plant, helping to offset the impact of fluctuating rainfall on hydropower generation.

Guinea
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France’s Orion Energies expects to commission two of its projects in 2022 and 2023. Financial close for the 30MWp Ngaoundere solar PV plant, with 20MWh of battery storage, in the Adamaoua region of Cameroon is anticipated by year-end, Orion director Hadrien Clement told African Energy, with construction scheduled to be completed by H1 2022.

Cameroon | Guinea
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A failure to expand capacity of the transmission line connecting Souapiti and Kaléta with Conakry has left large amounts of new generation stranded and Electricité de Guinée making substantial payments to Beijing, but income should eventually start flowing given the expected progress on interconnections that will open up export options, writes David Slater

Guinea
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Nordgold Group has confirmed the 33MW heavy fuel oil (HFO) plant it is building to power its Lefa mine in the Kankan region will be commissioned by end-2021. Covid-19-related restrictions impacted the start of construction, but a modification of the planned project methodology had allowed work to proceed, project manager Brian Nel told African Energy.

Guinea
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Russia’s Nordgold Group has confirmed that the 33MW HFO plant it is building to power its Lefa mine in the Kankan region of Guinea will be commissioned by the end of 2021

Guinea