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Vestas announced on 3 June that it has been appointed engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the 35MW Wesley wind project in the Eastern Cape. Wesley, also known as Wesley-Ciskei, was selected in the fourth round of the country’s renewable energy IPP procurement programme. EDF Energies Nouvelles made the order. The company is an 80% shareholder alongside InnoVent in the lead developer for the project, InnoWind.

South Africa
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The government has issued a general procurement notice for a study on the integration of wind facilities into the Egyptian power system and modifications to the existing wind integration grid code

Egypt
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The energy ministers of Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kinshasa on 5 April setting out a new timetable for a joint 1,000MW-1,400MW hydroelectric project involving several sites on the Luapula River.The MoU sets 2021 as the date for finalisation of the feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), the launch of construction tenders and the award of the contract. The previous deadline was end-2018.

DR Congo | Zambia
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The 5MW Siti 1 hydro plant developed under Uganda’s global energy transfer feed-in tariff (Get FiT) scheme has started operations in the Mount Elgon area of eastern Uganda. The run-of-river plant will power 60,000 homes, schools and businesses. The Netherlands’ FMO arranged a $35m senior loan for the financing of the 5MW Siti 1 and the 16.5MW Siti 2 projects, developed and owned by Elgon Hydro Siti Limited.

Uganda
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Construction of the 34MW Kinguélé Aval hydropower plant on the Mbéi River in north-western Gabon is scheduled to start in Q2 2020 following the signing of a concession contract in late October. France-based investment fund Meridiam announced on 24 October the signing of a 33-year concession contract with the government for the run-of-river power project, which is to be developed in consortium with state investment fund Le Fonds Gabonais d’Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS).

Gabon
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Joule Africa plans to release tender documents later this year for the second phase of the Bumbuna hydro project. The US Joule Investments Group subsidiary told African Energy six companies had pre-qualified for the project and had confirmed they planned to bid. Tender documents are awaiting government approval. Joule hopes to bring the extension on stream in 2017-18, depending on when the project reaches financial close. Energy from Bumbuna will be sold to a central state-owned buyer.

Sierra Leone
Issue 362 - 01 February 2018

Senegal: Ten Mérina inaugurated

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Senegal’s latest privately owned utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plant was inaugurated on 16 January by Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, cementing the West African state’s position as the leading regional solar power producer. The Ten Mérina plant in Mérina Dakhar, Tivaouane region, 120km north-east of Dakar, was developed by an all-French consortium of investors and contractors, led by investment fund Meridiam, in partnership with construction group Eiffage, and Engie’s Solairedirect unit. Eiffage and Solairedirect built the plant and grid connection, and will be responsible for operations and maintenance.

Senegal
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AOG subsidiary Addax Bioenergy is close to completing Sierra Leone’s first independent power project, a 32MW plant generating electricity from ethanol. The plant is part of a $300m project launched in 2008 which includes a 10,000ha sugar cane estate to produce 85,000m3/yr of ethanol, mostly for export, and some 120GWh/yr of renewable power (AE 263/8). A minimum of 15MW of surplus power from the ethanol plant will be supplied to the National Power Authority (NPA) grid, representing about 20% of Sierra Leone’s modest generation capacity. Isgec John Thompson is providing the power plant, while Cegelec will build 10km of high-voltage transmission lines. 



Sierra Leone
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Norway-based Empower New Energy AS signed a power purchase agreement in December with Rwanda Energy Group for the 1.9MW Rucanzogera run-of-river hydropower plant. The plant, developed by Travaux d’Ingénierie Générale du Rwanda in partnership with Norwegian engineering and construction company Malthe Winje, will deliver 9GWh/yr of energy at a cost of $7.9m. Construction work is scheduled to start in Q2 this year for commissioning in December 2021, Malthe Winje chairman Tor Berntsen told African Energy.

Rwanda
Issue 389 - 28 March 2019

Uganda: Isimba commissioning

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President Yoweri Museveni formally commissioned the 183MW Isimba hydropower plant on 21 March. Isimba, which has been operating since the end of December, was built by China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE) through a $567.7m contract 85% funded by the Export-Import Bank of China. Construction was delayed when cracks became visible in the dam in 2016, causing leaks and flooding of the powerhouse and destroying the coffer dam.

Uganda
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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), a subsidiary of Macquarie and Old Mutual Investment Group, and Hydroneo Afrique, a subsidiary of French hydropower developer Mecamidi, have announced plans for a 50:50 joint venture to develop around $500m of hydroelectric power plants in Africa of up to 200MW. The joint venture will develop, finance, build, own and operate small power projects with a focus on Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea and Mozambique.

Issue 240 - 05 October 2012

Saudis build emerging markets presence

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Although critics in Morocco have expressed concern about ACWA Power International’s lack of renewables experience, the Saudi power and desalination specialist has been moving into solar with steely determination over the past year – and anyway brought in an experienced Spanish team as its engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

Morocco
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Sojitz, Komipo plan windpower project

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Japan’s Sojitz Corporation has signed a joint development agreement with Namibia’s United Africa Group (UAG) and Korea Midland Power Company (Komipo) to develop a 44MW wind power project near Luderitz

Namibia
Issue 260 - 09 August 2013

Uganda: CWE awarded Isimba contract

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China International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE) has been awarded the contract to build the 188MW Isimba dam, Reuters quoted junior energy minister Simon D’Ujanga as saying. D’Ujanga, who also announced the award of the contract for the 600MW Kindaruma project to Sinohydro earlier this year, said: “We’re looking for cheap money to develop our infrastructure projects and China has that money.” The Isimba contract is reported to be financed with a $500m concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

Uganda
Issue 406 - 19 December 2019

Burkina Faso: Samendeni dam inaugurated

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The Samendeni multipurpose dam on the Mouhoun River was inaugurated at the end of November in a ceremony attended by President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. The dam, which is the third largest in Burkina Faso after the Kompienga and Bagré dams, was developed over a decade at a cost of CFA62bn ($104m), to supply water for irrigation, promote fishing activities and generate electricity from an associated 2.6MW hydropower plant.

Burkina Faso