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Solar Era Holdings has invited bids by 16 June for the engineering, procurement and construction of the first phase of a 25MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the central city of Bo. The locally based independent power producer, owned by UK-based Africa Growth and Energy Solutions (AGES), is developing the capacity in two phases. Phase 1 is a 5MW grid-connected PV facility, which will cost an estimated $9m. Phase 2 is a 20MW facility expected to be a hybrid solar-diesel-battery plant.

Sierra Leone
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Bosch Projects has given South Africa’s Barloworld Power a contract to supply equipment for a 4MW biogas-to-power project in Bronkhorspruit, 78km north-east of Boksburg. The clean electricity produced by the project will be used for an automotive plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. The Bronkhorspruit Biogas Power Plant Pty Ltd is an independent power producer formed by Bio2Watt, which has a contract to purchase waste from the Beefcor cattle farm. About 40,000 t/yr of cattle manure and a further 20,000 t/yr of mixed organic waste will be fed into two anaerobic digesters that will produce the biogas feedstock for a combined heat and power application using Caterpillar internal combustion gas generator sets.

South Africa
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Rare is the Inga contract that is signed on time, and even rarer is its implementation, but according to officials in Kinshasa, the governments of Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa should finally sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the sale of electricity from the future Inga III hydroelectric dam to Eskom when President Jacob Zuma visits Kinshasa in late October. DRC Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity officials announced on 27 September that Kinshasa was about to conclude its much-anticipated PPA with South Africa for the sale of 2,500MW from Inga III. This would allow for construction to start in October 2015. The DRC government anticipates the plant’s inauguration in 2020-21, with Eskom purchasing more than half of Inga III’s projected 4,800MW capacity. Katanga-based mining industries would take 1,300MW, while the rest of the vast country, including Kinshasa, would take the remaining 1,000MW.

DR Congo | South Africa
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Rehabilitation of three 11.9 MW units at the 47.6 MW Selingue hydropower dam on the Sankarani River is expected to start in February 2020. The work is being financed by the West African Development Bank (BOAD) with up to CFA25bn ($42.5m). An engineer from the Ingerop/Artelia consortium contracted by the BOAD to oversee the works told African Energy the first tests on the Voith Kaplan turbines (G1, G2 and G3) should start in February and work on handling equipment and overhead cranes should start by end-March.

Mali
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The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) has committed support to a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded project, costed at $6.5m, to help in building local capacities to manufacture solar energy systems and components. It will also promote the application of solar energy in Egyptian chemicals, agro-food and textile industries.

Egypt
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US developer Hydromine signed a letter of intent with the government and Eneo on 5 July for the development of the long-mooted Grand Eweng hydropower project. The parties will work together to finalise the terms of a power purchase agreement between the project company and the utility. The letter of intent also sets out the framework for development of the project on a build, own, operate and transfer model. Construction of the project, on the Sanaga River between Yaoundé and Douala in the eastern Littoral region, is expected to start within three years, with electricity generation starting in seven years.

Cameroon
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Major new solar equipment manufacturing facilities being developed by AEG Power and Gestamp Solar Steel signal that local content requirements are already beginning to bear fruit. But manufacturers need stronger commitments from the government if South Africa is to experience real growth in the sector, writes Dan Marks

South Africa
Issue 381 - 22 November 2018

Algeria solar tender launched

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Industry regulator the Commission de Régulation de l’Electricité et du Gaz (Creg) has issued a build-own-operate tender for 150MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the eastern wilayas on the northern edge of the Sahara. Participants must use Algeria-registered EPC and operations and maintenance contractors, and locally produced equipment.A key evaluation criterion will be the cost per kWh. Creg will set price ceilings, which it said would provide a “benchmark” for investors, while encouraging them to set prices as low as possible.

Algeria
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Diplomatic tension between Egypt and Ethiopia has risen in recent weeks as negotiations have stalled over the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) and the potential effect it will have on the reallocation of Nile River water rights. If the current rate of construction continues, the testing of power generation could begin next year, but technical studies on the best way to begin the water storage process have not yet been agreed.

Egypt | Ethiopia
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The Mwadingusha hydropower plant on the Lufira River has begun supplying power to the national grid after the completion of rehabilitation work on the first of six turbine generators at the plant. Electricity from the 11MW unit will support development and exploration work at Kamoa, which is considered to be the world’s largest undeveloped high-grade copper deposit, Ivanhoe Mines announced on 13 September. Modernisation of Mwadingusha’s five other units is under way, it said. Once completed it is expected to restore Mwadingusha to its original installed capacity of about 71MW, the mining group added, without disclosing the scheduled completion date.

DR Congo
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The Seychelles Energy Commission has issued a request for proposals to eight bidding groups which have prequalified to build, own and operate the country’s first floating solar photovoltaic (PV) facility and first independent power producer. The project will be located on Providence lagoon, Mahé Island, and have a capacity of 3.5-4MWac. Development will be financed by the winning bidder. Power will be sold through a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Public Utilities Corporation.

Seychelles
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India’s Astonfield Renewable Resources has signed a power purchase agreement with the Central Electricity Board for two 2MW solar power plants, as part of the government’s 10MW solar photovoltaic (PV) programme. One plant will be located near Union Flacq and will be developed in partnership with Alteo Energy, while the second will be developed solely by Astonfield in La Gaulette. The projects will be developed on an independent power producer basis and Astonfield’s was one of three successful bids for the solar scheme out of a total of 56.

Mauritius
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The governments of South Africa and Denmark on 4 March signed an agreement under which Denmark will provide financial support to South Africa for investment in wind power as well as technical support to help Eskom integrate renewable energy into the grid.

South Africa
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A cabinet meeting on 13 June approved the construction of four solar photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of 50MW. The projects form part of the Benin Power Compact, funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Benin II. The projects will be developed at Bohicon (15MW), Parakou (15MW), Djougou (10MW) and Natitingou (10MW).

Benin
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Zambia’s government announced on 19 November that it had approved the establishment of a creditworthy renewable energy intermediary power offtaker, facilitating the establishment of GreenCo in the country. The intermediary offtaker will sit between Zesco and IPPs, providing a better credit risk to banks by offering risk mitigation and the right to sell power elsewhere in the event of a default.

Zambia