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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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New prime minister Aziz Akhannouch has thought hard about forming an administration that can drive the next phase of social and economic reform after the Islamist PJD government was eviscerated in elections. The business magnate has excited Morocco’s economic elite by forming a government filled with liberal-minded individuals and promising to deliver King Mohammed’s new development model, whose success could persuade alienated voters that the Makhzen really can offer a significantly better future for the majority, write Our Casablanca Correspondent and Jon Marks

Morocco
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UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Group Company (Etisalat) has raised its stake in Maroc Telecom Group to 53%, in a $505m deal that underlines Abu Dhabi’s significant positioning in the kingdom – the most prominent investor is Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) which owns the 2,056MW capacity Jorf Lasfar thermal power plant.

Morocco
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Politics in Algiers and Rabat are driving hugely ambitious – and arguably less than necessary – schemes to pipe gas from West Africa, supplying northern Nigeria and Niger in Algeria’s project and an array of potential markets along the proposed Moroccan route.

Nigeria | Algeria | Morocco
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The Moroccan electorate delivered a crushing blow to the Parti de la Justice et du Développement (PJD) on 8 September, as the ‘moderate Islamist’ party, which has led the government since 2011, won just 12 of the 395 seats in the House of Representatives (lower house of parliament). With a small number of votes still to be counted as African Energy went to press, the likely outcome was a new coalition led by overtly pro-business parties with close ties to the palace.

Morocco
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There have been further delays to the 400MW first phase of the Noor PV II project. The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) had invited the 32 prequalified bidders to submit bids by 2 August, but that has been extended to end-September – the third such delay since expressions of interest were finally launched in January.

Morocco
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Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) head Mustapha Bakkoury has made a return to public life after a period in isolation, following royal displeasure at his performance. A number of observers told African Energy that high-profile official public outings meant Bakkoury was back in business.

Morocco
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London AIM-listed Sound Energy announced that its Sound Energy Morocco East (Semel) subsidiary’s micro liquified natural gas (mLNG) phase one development plan at Tendrara had secured a binding ten-year, take-or-pay LNG sale and purchase agreement with, and equity placing by, major Moroccan corporate Afriquia Gaz.

Morocco
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AIM-listed Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) (EOG) is seeking a farm-out of its Inezgane offshore permit, in the Agadir Basin, which it was awarded in November 2019.

Morocco
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Predator Oil and Gas Holdings reported “good gas shows” from drilling of MOU-1 in the onshore Guercif licence area in northern Morocco, adjacent to the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline. The Jersey-based company said on 6 July the results supported the pre-drill geological interpretation of a deep gas ‘kitchen’ connected to shallower reservoirs.

Morocco
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 In the wake of a diplomatic crisis involving migrant flows and the disputed Western Sahara, a recent report from Madrid suggested Morocco’s King Mohammed VI had called an end to negotiations on the extension of gas supply contracts via the 11.5 bcm/yr capacity Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline (GME).

Algeria | Morocco
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As the hype around hydrogen gets ever louder, governments and developers are putting forward grandiose plans to manufacture green hydrogen – ‘the new oil and gas’ – across the continent. African Energy has been sceptical about the hydrogen boom’s relevance to economies that are hard pressed to finance basic needs, but high hopes are being generated in countries like Mauritania and Namibia, where schemes to install an unimaginable 65GW of hydrogen-driven capacity are promised, writes John Hamilton.

Egypt | DR Congo | Namibia | Mauritania | Morocco | South Africa | Tunisia | Western Sahara (under UN mandate)
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Having signalled over two years ago that the government was scaling down its much-anticipated integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) scheme – whose original timetable envisaged imports of 5bcm/yr (at one stage increased to 10bcm/yr) from 2021-22 – a more pragmatic project, involving floating regasification and storage units (FRSUs) has finally reached the call for expressions of interest (EoI) phase.

Morocco
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The impact of structural reform and the energy transition is markedly different around the continent. North Africa experienced a sharp – if probably temporary – slowdown in the growth of renewables last year, when the Maghreb and Egypt accounted for 4.3GW of the 7.7GW added on the continent, including 3.1GW of new gas capacity. 

Libya | Algeria | Morocco | Tunisia | Western Sahara (under UN mandate)
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When most African governments struggle to fund even the most essential projects, costly new technologies may seem a luxury. But rethinking how they can be applied to energy networks can be a valuable exercise for policy-makers and investors: ‘disruptive technology’ can have far-reaching benefits, or prove a red herring for cash-strapped economies.

Kenya | Ghana | Rwanda | Djibouti | Morocco | South Africa