Search results

General

Type

Sector

Regions

Sort options

2,407 results found for your search

Subscriber

Cracks have appeared in a dam being built by Italy’s Salini Impregilo in the Masvingo region of southern Zimbabwe following torrential rains. Zimbabwe’s independent SW Radio said that 4,500 villagers living along the flood basin of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam had to be evacuated after water escaping from cracks in the dam wall flooded the river. Namibia sent two helicopters to rescue marooned flood victims, while the Chinese community in Zimbabwe donated food, blankets and other supplies worth over $40,000. Salini declined to comment to African Energy, but the Herald newspaper quoted Zimbabwe National Water Authority Tokwe-Mukosi projects manager Taurai Maurukira as saying there was no risk of the dam collapsing.

Zimbabwe
Subscriber

Virunga Energy invites bids by 17 October for the supply of two 627-metre-long penstocks for the 12.4MW Lubero hydropower project in Ivingu, North Kivu province. The contract is financed by the ACP-EU partnership. Separate contracts will be tendered for construction of civil works including water intake, a head pond and a powerhouse to comprise two Pelton turbines as well as a 33kV and 400V distribution network.

DR Congo
Issue 410 - 27 February 2020

Kenya: No Turkana stake for Google

Subscriber

Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems is seeking a new buyer for its 12.5% stake in Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) following cancellation of plans for Google to buy into the 310MW project. “Due to delays relating primarily to the transmission line, the Vestas agreement with Google was cancelled in 2019,” Bloomberg quoted Vestas spokesman Anders Riis as saying. “As Vestas’ strategy doesn’t include being a long-term wind park owner, we’re currently in commercial dialogue with potential buyers of our shares.”

Kenya
Subscriber

Trouble at Lake Kariba goes well beyond record low levels and evidence of continued overuse of water for electricity generation. There have been warnings about the risk of catastrophic dam collapse as the plunge pool eats under the foundations of the dam and a €217.7m ($246m) project to reshape the plunge pool and refurbish the spillway expected to last for 60 months is being prepared. The project will be funded by the African Development Bank, EuropeAid, the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency, the World Bank and the Zambezi River Authority.

Zambia
Subscriber

InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), announced on 18 January that a shareholders’ agreement has been signed with Berkeley Energy for the 520MW Corbetti geothermal project. The agreement doubles InfraCo’s equity commitment to the project to $30m; $25m equity finance and $5m in standby equity, representing around 20% of the funding required to begin the drilling of up to six exploration wells this year and building a 10-20MW pilot plant in 2019.

Ethiopia
Subscriber

The World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation Advisory is in preliminary discussions with Ethiopian Electric Power to be the lead transaction adviser for the second round of the Scaling Solar programme, which could procure up to 750MW of solar power, and for wind power procurement, potentially through a Scaling Wind initiative.

Ethiopia
Free

Germany’s Voith GmbH has begun work modernising the 7.4MW Wanjii hydroelectric plant, the company announced on 5 March. Voith will replace the turbines, generators, control technology and electromechanical equipment. This is expected to increase output by around 20% as well as making maintenance easier for the plant owner KenGen and allowing the utility to regulate generation remotely. Work is expected to be completed in mid-2019. Wanjii currently comprises four horizontal Francis turbines and draws water from the Mathioya and Maragua rivers.

Kenya
Issue 291 - 18 December 2014

Morocco: AfDB funding for Ouarzazate

Subscriber

The African Development Bank (AfDB) board has approved a loan of €100m ($133m) for phase II of the Ouarzazate solar complex, as well as $119m from the Clean Technology Fund that was already announced by the World Bank. Phase II involves the construction of two separate power plants; 150-200MW Noor II, a parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP) facility, and 100-150MW Noor III, a CSP tower. The project will be developed as a public-private partnership between the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) and a private developer for each power plant. The project company will build and operate the plants for 25 years.

Morocco
Subscriber

Construction work on the 4,800MW Inga 3 project will not start until 2017 at the earliest, World Bank director of operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye told a 9 April news conference in Kinshasa. While not entirely surprising, this represents a new postponement as in March 2014 the World Bank had said it expected work to start by late 2016. For its part, the DRC government had originally promised the launch for October 2015, a date chosen more for political reasons than technical considerations.

DR Congo
Issue 359 - 07 December 2017

Cameroon: AfDB loan for Nachtigal

Subscriber

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said on 29 November that its board of directors had approved a loan of €150m ($177m) to help finance the 420MW Nachtigal hydroelectric project. Nachtigal will come online in 2022, increasing Cameroon’s installed capacity by 30% and helping to lower the cost of electricity.

Cameroon
Subscriber

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a joint development agreement with an international consortium for a 120MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Lokoja, Kogi State. IFC InfraVentures will provide development funding and commercial and technical support through the Middle Band Solar One project company, an IFC statement said. The project company is owned by a consortium of Alten Energías Renovables’ Africa-focused subsidiary Alten Renewable Developments Africa, Germany’s Green Continent Partners Holding, and local firm Nemoante. Financial close is expected by Q4 2016.

Nigeria
Issue 330 - 16 September 2016

Swaziland/Ghana: Zoetic progress

Subscriber

The US’s Zoetic Global has signed a memorandum of understanding with Swaziland Electricity Company to install up to 200MW of hydrokinetic units at the country’s dams. Zoetic’s technical team and an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, whose name has not yet been released, hope to carry out assessments in September and October to determine the capacity to be installed at each dam, most likely Mnjoli, Maguga and Luphohlo. Negotiations over a power purchase agreement (PPA) will run in parallel.

eSwatini (Swaziland)
Subscriber

Mineral sands producer Sierra Rutile has signed a memorandum of understanding with Smol Pawa Sierra Leone to be a cornerstone purchaser for the 11-14MW run-of-river Moyamba hydro project. The power project will be located at the Singimi Falls on the Gbangba River, within 20km of Sierra Rutile’s mining operations in Moyamba district, in the south-west of Sierra Leone. The project will be developed as a public-private partnership with the government, and will supply power to Moyamba, Njala University and Sierra Rutile.

Sierra Leone
Subscriber

Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are advancing with long-standing plans to develop the hydropower potential of the Luapula River. In early November, the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) invited expressions of interest from consultants to carry out a detailed bankable feasibility study for the proposed Luapula River Hydroelectric Scheme on the border between the two countries. Bids were due by 25 November. The SAPP Project Advisory Unit is acting as the implementing agent for the project on behalf of Zambia’s Zesco and DRC’s Société Nationale d’Electricité. In July 2015 the two countries signed an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding (MoU) and an inter-utility MoU to expedite the project.

DR Congo | Zambia
Subscriber

The European Investment Bank, the Agence Française de Développement, Germany’s KfW Entwicklungsbank and the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy made financial commitments on 19 November totaling €300m ($390m) for the Ouarzazate solar complex.

Morocco