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Issue 424 - 08 October 2020

Sao Tome: Two small hydro plants planned

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Minister for public works, infrastructure, natural resources and environment Osvaldo D’Abreu has announced plans for the development of two hydropower plants in Bombain and Rio Grande. Speaking during the online Fórum da Energia e Clima on 30 September, he said tendering for the projects was expected soon. In 2008, Portuguese company Soares da Costa began construction on a 4MW run-of-river hydro project in Bombaim, which was partly funded by a Netherlands-based bank.

São Tomé & Príncipe
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Mauritius-based independent power producer Tembo Power says it is in negotiations with “one of the biggest offtakers in the Katanga provinces” to supply power from three hydropower projects it is developing in Democratic Republic of Congo.  

DR Congo
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Implats Group subsidiary Marula is considering the development of a 10MW solar PV plant at its platinum mine site in the north- eastern province of Limpopo to address unreliable grid supply. The mining group issued a request for information late last month seeking contractors to design, finance, supply, construct, commission, operate and maintain the project.

South Africa
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Online solar cell leasing platform Sun Exchange has launched its first project outside South Africa, and its first project to use battery storage, at fresh produce exporter Nhimbe Fresh’s farm in Zimbabwe. The $5.3m project will also be the first with a US dollar-pegged, fixed lease price, which Sun Exchange is hoping will help expand its user base internationally. The project is its largest to date and the company raised $4m in a Series A funding round led by a $3m investment from ARCH Emerging Market Partners this year.

Zimbabwe
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Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) invites prequalification bids from consultants by 4 December to serve as owner's engineer for the rehabilitation and extension of the 6MW Chishimba Falls hydropower station on the Luombe River in Northern Province.

Zambia
Issue 431 - 28 January 2021

Mali: Kourouba dam inaugurated

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Prime Minister Moctar Ouane formally inaugurated the Kourouba dam in the Koulikoro region of south-western Mali on 15 January.

Mali
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Construction will commence on the Nyabarongo II hydropower plant in Rwanda’s Rulindo District next month

Rwanda
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While major renewable energy (RE) and other projects have stalled, some smaller-scale schemes report progress, including French developer Innovent’s 36MW Oualidia wind project, which is expected to be fully operational in H2 20. Innovent has built its plant under Law 13-09, which allows independent power producers (IPPs) to sell directly to customers connected to the high-voltage grid.

Morocco
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Boosted by the prospect of developing export-oriented solar projects, the new government is making a clear commitment to renewables as it seeks to improve job prospects and attract investment from its neighbours to the north. 

Tunisia
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The first phase of the 13MWp Kaleo solar PV plant will start commercial operations by June, Isabel Makhoul of German development bank KfW told African Energy. The plant is being developed as part of the Volta River Authority's (VRA) project, launched in February 2020 to develop solar in the Upper West region, which also comprises the Lawra solar PV plant, some 80km away.

Ghana
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Independent power producer Solgas Power Energy has completed construction of its 5MW solar PV plant at Cross Mabale in Hwange, Matabeleland North province and will commission the plant at the end of July. The plant is entering the testing phase, while an interconnection line is being completed, chief financial officer Tafadzwa Mundicha said.

Zimbabwe
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Nyanza Light Metals and Distributed Power Africa (DPA) have agreed to set aside a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in August 2020 to build a 10MW solar PV system at Nyanza’s titanium minerals processing and chemicals manufacturing plant in the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone.

South Africa
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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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Starsight Energy has commissioned its largest commercial and industrial solar PV system to date. The 950kW project was developed for Big Bottling Company’s facility in Ogun state, to support a doubling of the production rate. The solar PV system has a ten-year lifetime and is 100% owned by Starsight, which completed the project in five months.

Nigeria
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The Independent Power Producer Office (IPP Office) announced the final element of the Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMIPPP) on 1 June, with the award of three 50MW solar PV and battery projects on adjacent sites in Kenhardt to Scatec. The Norwegian firm had to participate in a ‘value for money’ process which resulted in the announcement coming long after the other eight preferred bidders were announced on 18 March.

South Africa