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The state Fiduciary Agency for Project Administration (AFAP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for design and building works for the rehabilitation and expansion, from 2.2MW to 3.2MW, of the Contador hydroelectric power (HEP) plant.

São Tomé & Príncipe
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South African investors Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Energy and Power (Arep) and Absa Bank have launched African Rainbow Energy (ARE) as a vehicle to invest in independent power producers across Africa. The vehicle will make its initial investments in wind, solar PV and biomass projects with more than 700MW capacity. Absa is investing ZAR500m ($35m) cash and will transfer ZAR5bn of its renewable asset portfolio to ARE.

South Africa
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Lekela Power BV, a joint venture between private equity firm Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power, announced on 5 June that its 140MW Kangnas and 110MW Perdekraal East wind projects in South Africa have reached financial close. The projects were selected in the fourth round of the country’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme in 2015, although the signing of key agreements was delayed until April.

South Africa
Issue 448 - 21 October 2021

Qair/Stoa joint venture announcement

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French developer Qair and infrastructure investment fund Stoa Infra & Energy on 8 October announced a joint venture platform called Make It Happen In Africa Holding (MIHIA).

Burkina Faso
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As the pace of new projects finally starts to pick up, administrative delays at the Department of Energy mean the deadline for renewable energy bidders to reach financial close has been moved back, writes Dan Marks

South Africa
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The government of Equatorial Guinea has received a CFA80bn ($138m) loan from the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) to complete construction of the 200MW Sendje hydropower project. The project on the Wele River, about 40km east of the port city of Bata, is being carried out by the Ukrainian contractor Duglas Alliance under a turnkey contract at a total cost of more than CFA306bn.

Equatorial Guinea
Issue 295 - 26 February 2015

Mainstream, Actis in project tie-up

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Mainstream Renewable Power and Actis have expanded on their existing co-operation to launch a pan-African renewable energy generation platform, Lekela Power, with the aim of providing 700-900MW of wind and solar power across Africa by 2018. Mainstream and Actis have already formed successful partnerships in South Africa and Chile. Lekela Power will operate in a similar fashion, with Mainstream owing 40% of the platform and taking responsibility for project management, including site identification, project development, construction management, and operation and maintenance of plants. Lekela Power will be funded over three years through a combination of equity and debt.

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Renewables developer Access Power has acquired the licence for the 100MW Sankana solar scheme in Ghana’s Upper West Region from Accra-based Home Energy Africa and is in negotiations on a power purchase agreement and put-call agreement. The Ghana Energy Commission gave Home Energy Africa, distributor for Dutch solar products manufacturer Home Energy International, a 100MW provisional wholesale supply licence in February 2014, and a siting permit for the 200ha site in November 2014. Project sources say finalising the put-call agreement, essentially a sovereign guarantee, is expected to take some time.

Ghana
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Sierra Leone’s parliament voted unanimously on 29 November to ratify a 25-year power purchase agreement and implementation agreement for the 143MW Bumbuna II hydropower project, following the signing of the documents on 4 August 2017. Sponsors Joule Africa and local partner Energy Services Company are close to selecting an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor and the equity and debt financing is underway.

Sierra Leone
Issue 337 - 22 December 2016

Ethiopia: Gibe III inaugurated

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Ethiopia on 16 December formally inaugurated the 1,870MW Gibe III hydro-electric plant on the Oromo River. The 234-metre dam, Africa’s tallest, was built by Italy’s Salini Impregilo, which signed a contract for the project in 2006, but construction was delayed by problems securing funding, until Industrial and Commercial Bank of China stepped in to provide 60% of the €1.5bn ($1.56bn) cost, while the balance was covered by the Ethiopian government. Electrical and electromechanical equipment was provided by Dongfang Electric Corporation. The first turbines started generation in October 2015.

Ethiopia
Issue 373 - 13 July 2018

Namibia: Outapi commissioned

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The 5MW Outapi solar project in the northern Omusati region began operating on 1 July, local impact investor and project founder Camelthorn Business Ventures told African Energy. The project has been under development since 2012 and was selected by NamPower in 2015 as one of 14 preferred bidders in the country’s interim renewable energy feed-in tariff programme

Namibia
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With progress reported on the Mphanda Nkuwa HEP project, Mozambique could become southern Africa’s second powerhouse within a decade if it can implement all the projects in its pipeline, to provide another 6,000MW of generation capacity. For this to happen Eskom must sign more power purchase agreements, unless the conditions are created for other major purchasers to come in.

Mozambique
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Enel Green Power (EGP) announced on 29 April the start-up of the Ngonye solar photovoltaic plant in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone. The plant, which will have an installed DC capacity of 34MW, equivalent to 28 MWac, when fully commissioned later this year, was developed as part of the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar programme, along with the 47.5MW Bangweulu plant, which launched in March.

Zambia
Issue 353 - 15 September 2017

Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge tender

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The Ministry of Energy and Minerals has invited bids for construction of the Rufiji Hydropower Project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous Game Reserve. The project will have an installed capacity of at least 2,100MW, with a minimum guaranteed annual firm energy of 5,920GWh. Bids are due by 16 October.According to the tender notice, the project comprises construction of a main dam 134 metres high and additional structures, with an expected total reservoir storage capacity of 34bcm.

Tanzania
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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is set to launch bidding in August for consulting services for its Wind Resource Map and Pilot Wind Power Development Programme. The programme, to be financed with a project preparation grant from the Strategic Climate Fund, through the African Development Bank, is one of the projects under the country’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme.

Uganda