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With the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders focused on making Grand Inga work as a major boost to the continental economy – making a New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) mega-scheme a reality – Democratic Republic of Congo officials and other sources canvassed by African Energy insisted that plans to build Inga III were going ahead – and that the project need not have a negative impact on water flows and the Grand Inga scheme, as other sources have suggested.

DR Congo
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Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, a Sri Lanka consulting firm, acting on behalf of Rwanda Mountain Tea, a privately owned tea producer based in Kigali, has invited pre-qualification applications for construction of a 5MW hydropower project on the Giciye River in northeastern Rwanda.

Rwanda
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Amendments to the 2006 Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) which came into force on 10 November threaten to undermine the rapidly growing industry in off-grid and embedded power generation in South Africa, industry stakeholders say. The amendments, drawn up by previous energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, are to schedule 2 of the act, which sets out exemptions from licensing. The new regime introduces a number of changes significantly increasing the risk and cost of developing small projects, raising concerns that promising growth in the sector could be undermined.

South Africa
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AOG has sold a 75.1% stake in its Makeni bioethanol project to Sunbird Bioenergy, which is developing two similar projects in Zambia and Zimbabwe. AOG launched the project in 2008, planning an ethanol refinery and a 30MW biomass-fuelled power plant, to power the refinery and supply 15MW to the national grid. Sunbird chief executive Richard Bennett told African Energy in a telephone interview the power plant and 85m litres/yr capacity distillery were completed but not yet commissioned. Addax had planted 10,000 hectares of sugarcane, but had failed to obtain sufficient crop yields to make the project economically viable, while development was also delayed by the Ebola virus.

Sierra Leone
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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has invited prequalification applications by 12 February for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Noor Atlas solar photovoltaic project, comprising seven plants with a total capacity of around 200MWp. The seven projects, with capacity of 20MWp-30MWp each, are being offered in two lots. The first lot seeks bids for projects in Ain Beni Mathar, Bouanane, Boudnib, Boulmane (Enjil) and Outat El Haj in eastern Morocco.

Morocco
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A ground-breaking ceremony took place on 3 December marking the start of construction for the 60MWac Salima solar project being developed by JCM Power. “We will now work to prepare the ground, ready to install 230,000 solar panels after the rainy season and anticipate that Salima Solar will be delivering power to the grid by the end of 2019,” said JCM country director Phylip Leferink.

Malawi
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The Opec Fund for International Development (Ofid) on 4 February signed a $15m loan package with the government for the Kenya Electricity Expansion project.

Kenya
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Development of renewable energy in Tunisia has got off to a slow start, but the resolution of a handful of vital differences between the authorities and international lenders by the end of this year could allow important programmes to accelerate during 2019. The Ministry of Industry has published clarifications to the solar photovoltaic (PV) second round and wind first round tender processes postponing the deadline for submissions for a second time. Originally scheduled for mid-August, the deadline was first pushed back to October and now to 18 December.

Tunisia
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EDF Renewables announced on 25 November that it had entered into a strategic partnership with solar developer and supplier KarmSolar for the development of distributed solar in Egypt. EDF Renewables said it would inject capital to take a strategic equity stake in KarmSolar through a reserved capital increase.

Egypt
Issue 346 - 19 May 2017

Zimbabwe: Solar plans

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The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa), which is administrated by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a $965,000 grant to Oxygen Energy to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of an off-grid solar photovoltaic rooftop project totalling 20MW on buildings owned and managed by Old Mutual Property Group Zimbabwe. The project aims to compensate for lapses in grid power and to provide reliable electricity to hundreds of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are already tenants at the Old Mutual premises.

Zimbabwe
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The Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons is seeking private investors to participate in a two-stage tendering process for the selection of an independent power producer for the design, financing, construction, commissioning and operation of a grid-connected solar photovoltaic plant with an installed capacity of about 25MW(AC), associated with an energy storage device, to be located near Antananarivo.

Madagascar
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Investors and developers have condemned the government’s refusal to compromise over the terms of the power purchase agreement for utility-scale feed-in tariff (FiT) projects, which means that the majority of projects in the first phase will not go ahead. Cairo’s inflexibility has created a suspicion within the industry that it has used the disputed clauses as a pretext for shutting down most of the programme, having concluded that the FIT prices had been set too high. Some projects may go ahead in a subsequent phase, and renewables projects are going ahead under other less controversial schemes.

Egypt
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Dublin-based Kibo Energy’s plan to buy the 100MW Chidome Solar PV project (also known as Victoria Falls Solar Park)  in Zimbabwe from Broomfield International for £10m ($13.1m) is a further step in the company’s campaign to shift from fossil fuel power production into clean energy.

Zimbabwe
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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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The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is set to tender for a strategic investor for a 350MW hydropower project to be developed at Mpatamanga Gorge on the Shire River in southern Malawi. A request for proposals is scheduled to be issued by year-end. The selected investor is expected to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to build, own and operate the power plant before transferring the asset to the government at the end of the concession period, the government’s transaction adviser, CrossBoundary Energy, told delegates at the Hydro 2019 conference in Porto on 14-16 October.

Malawi