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Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd on 8 December signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with state utility Rwanda Energy Group for a 50MW methane gas-to-power project on Lake Kivu. A detailed feasibility study and front-end engineering design have been completed for the project, which will now proceed to detailed design, procurement and permiting.The agreement comes as the KivuWatt project, developed by the US’ ContourGlobal, has begun tests for commissioning of its first 25MW after being connected to the grid.


The Zimbabwean State Procurement board has announced the winners of three contracts to build 100MW solar photovoltaic power plants in the country. Local company Intratrek Zimbabwe and its engineering, procurement and construction partner China’s Chint Electric are set to develop a plant near Gwanda. The other winners are China’s ZTE Corporation, which will develop a plant near Insukamini, and Number 17 Metallurgical China, with a plant near Munyati. The projects are believed to be worth $160m-200m each. Construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

Issue 329 - 20 August 2016

Tullow starts up Ghana’s TEN project


Tullow Oil on 18 August announced first oil at its $4bn TEN project, which will produce oil and gas from the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme fields to the west of the Jubilee field. Tullow said TEN will increase overall net production by 60%, significantly improving the company’s ability to manage its debt. Income from production at the Jubilee field has been hit by a number of factors including technical problems with the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), which led to an extended shutdown in April, and the lower oil price.


Florida-based emergency energy provider APR Energy has announced the start of commercial operation at its 70MW/11kV Francistown temporary power project (AE 178/2).

Issue 260 - 09 August 2013

South Africa: New energy minister


New energy minister Ben Martins has taken up the portfolio vacated by Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, who has swapped to take up his post as transport minister in President Jacob Zuma’s government. As has been the case for several recent ministers, Martins does not have a background in energy issues. An African National Congress (ANC) member, he is a qualified lawyer and also an artist, writer and poet, whose posts include deputy chair of the Robben Island Museum Council

South Africa

President Filipe Nyusi has been working to raise Mozambique’s attractiveness to investors during a period when growth rates have dipped, and currency and political risks have risen. Promising signs have included a welcome easing of visa procedures and a more sympathetic ear given to major investors. The macroeconomic picture is improving: growth, which halved from its strong performance of recent years to 3.5% in 2016, will rise to 4.5% in 2017, with further improvement after that, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) chairman and chief executive Mateus Magala told the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Copenhagen.

Issue 230 - 03 May 2012

Upstream pointers: West Africa


ANADARKO: Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone setbacks; NIGERIA: Providence completes Aje sale to Jacka

Sierra Leone | Nigeria | Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 370 - 01 June 2018

Kenya: Tullow awards pipeline FEED


Tullow Kenya has given Wood and WorleyParsons front-end engineering design (FEED) contracts for the initial phase of the Lokichar to Lamu crude oil pipeline project. Wood will provide the first phase of FEED services for the pipeline, setting the technical requirements and estimating the installed cost, while WorleyParsons will carry out FEED for the central processing facility. The government invited engineering design bids in January for the $2bn pipeline project.

Issue 244 - 29 November 2012

Tullow Oil: Gabonese debt


Tullow Oil said on 19 November it agreed to issue 224,955 ordinary shares to Petrolin Trading Limited to settle a $5m debt of its subsidiary, Tullow Gabon Limited. Tullow Gabon had agreed to pay Petrolin the amount in exchange for the termination of agreements giving Petrolin the right to market part of Tullow’s West Africa crude oil production.


Kenya Power’s board of directors has named Ken Tarus as managing director and chief executive with effect from 1 August. Tarus had been acting managing director and chief executive since 4 January, when he was appointed following the departure of Ben Chumo at the end of his contract period. Tarus was previously the company’s general manager in charge of finance and had been a member of the executive management team for two years.


The Center for Studies and Initiatives for the Development of Equatorial Guinea (CEID) has protested against an Interior Ministry resolution ordering that the NGO should be dissolved. The decision was dated 11 April but delivered on 3 July. The CEID said the authorities had delayed making the decision public to avoid unwelcome publicity while Malabo was pursuing its application to re-join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), hosting the African Development Bank annual meetings, receiving visits from delegations of the German parliament and Community of Lusophone Countries, and negotiating with the International Monetary Fund.

Equatorial Guinea
Issue 170 - 18 September 2009

Aminex, EAX in asset trade


London Stock Exchange and Irish Stock Exchange-listed Aminex plc has reached agreement with East African Exploration Ltd (EAX) to increase its interest in the Nyuni production-sharing agreement and the 40m ft3/d gas discovery at Kiliwani North by 10%.

Kenya | Tanzania

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is appraising a E150m ($204m) loan to the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) for the third phase of the Ouarzazate solar power complex. The loan, under appraisal since 18 June, will help fund the construction and operation of a 150MW concentrated solar power plant with a total cost of E850m. The third phase will consist of a tower plant with three hours’ solar energy storage capacity. The loan is the EIB’s third for the project. Last December, the EIB approved a E250m loan to Masen for the construction and operation of a 200MW concentrated solar power parabolic plant, representing the second phase, whose total cost is estimated at E1.06bn.


The number of big multilateral financing facilities being put in place for electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) projects across Africa points to a recognition that, after decades when installing generation capacity was the central preoccupation of governments and donors, the infrastructure for delivering power to the people has often been ignored. Historically, large-scale T&D infrastructure has, of course, been put in place. But the momentum to modernise and expand grids has, in most jurisdictions, lagged in recent decades.

Issue 240 - 04 October 2012

Gas-rich Mozambique also hopes for oil


As Mozambique chalks up ever greater gas reserves, hopes are rising that the southern Rovuma Basin may also contain oil. Total has taken 40% in Petronas’ Areas 3 and 6, after Tullow Oil took 25% in Statoil’s Areas 2 and 5, specifically to look for oil.