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Vinci Energies’ Omexom subsidiary has won a contract from Senelec to install five new extra-high-voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200km of overhead and underground EHV transmission lines, over 100 distribution substations in various parts of the country, and a regional load dispatch centre. The project is part of Senelec’s transmission and distribution grid expansion, reinforcement and reliability enhancement programme (the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan). The €197m ($232m) project will take 36 months to complete and involves the cities of Dakar, Diass, Diamniadio, Thiès, Kounoune, Tobène and Tambacounda.

Senegal
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Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptERA) is growing into the role envisaged for the power sector regulator in the landmark 2015 Electricity Law. The electricity industry regulator has been busy with the issuing and renewal of generation and distribution licences to private businesses, which are opening significant niches in Egypt’s huge energy market – chipping away at the huge role still played by state-owned enterprises gathered under the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) umbrella. EgyptERA has recently awarded a licence to private sector renewables developer Karm Solar to run a mini-grid supplying resorts and hotels in the Red Sea resort of Marsa Alam. It has also renewed licences for Emac Utilities and Services’ diesel-fired scheme at Port Ghalib and for industrial park operator Al-Tajamouat Investment Egypt – Taqa Power’s Global Power Company subsidiary, which has industrial and tourism-related clients, and real estate developer Amer Group.

Egypt
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Germany’s KfW has agreed to extend a €25m grant to the Ministry of Economics and Finance for the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in-Tariff (Get FiT) programme in Mozambique. The programme will promote private sector investment in solar PV systems including battery storage of up to 32MW, KfW announced on 4 September. The project will support government efforts to supply the entire population with electricity by 2030. At present, only just under one third of Mozambicans have access to electricity.

Mozambique
Issue 394 - 14 June 2019

Senegal: Battery storage talks

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State power utility Senelec has been holding talks with stakeholders to discuss the procurement of 80MWh of battery storage. Senegal has been rapidly procuring variable renewable power and the 158.7MW Taïba N’Diaye wind project in particular requires more reactive capacity on the grid to be fully dispatched. The project is set to begin commissioning in September with roughly 50MW coming online in October, 50MW in January and 50MW in April 2020.

Senegal
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London Stock Exchange-listed Ncondezi Energy Ltd announced on 23 October that it has signed a subscription agreement and shareholders’ agreement with GridX Africa Development and GridX Africa AssetCo to finance development of a 400kWp off-grid solar plant with a 228kW, 912kWh battery for a hotel in Mozambique. A 165kVA diesel generator will provide back-up power. Commissioning is expected within eight months and the plant will generate around 660MWh/yr.

Mozambique
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The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced on 28 September that it has awarded a $996,155 grant to renewable energy developer Lekela and national utility Senelec to carry out a ten-month study for a utility-scale battery plant. The facility will help Senelec manage the impact of Lekela’s 158.7MW Taïba N’Diaye wind power project, which is partially online, with full commissioning delayed due to Covid-19.

Senegal
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Bushveld Energy and South African investment firm Nesa Investment Holding have signed a shareholding agreement for a 3.5MW solar PV system and 1MW/4MWh vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) system.

South Africa
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Work has started at the 25MWp Bangui solar PV and battery plant, the World Bank Group (WBG)’s Boris Ngouagouni told African Energy.

Central African Republic
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Eritrea is seen as one of Africa’s tougher jurisdictions, but this has not stopped the EU’s European Development Fund (EDF) committing to finance an innovative photovoltaic (PV) solar power system, involving energy storage using batteries. An Italian consortium led by Enertronica, in partnership with Rossi Impianti, has won a tender to design and build the plant. Terms of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, which is valued at around €1m, are to be finalised with the government over the coming months, Enertronica project manager Antonio Bonanni told African Energy.

Eritrea
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Société Nigérienne d’Electricité (Nigelec) has contracted a consortium of India’s Sterling andWilson,France’sVergnet and SNS Niger to construct a solar PV battery storage and diesel genset-based hybrid power plant in the central city of Agadez.

Niger
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Zola Electric – formerly Off Grid Electric – is preparing to launch a new smart storage system targeting on-grid residential and commercial customers. The Infinity system has been in development for more than two years and was a major focus for funding from a $55m equity round completed in early 2018. The system is significantly larger than most solar home systems currently on the market, with 300W solar panels and 1.6-3kWh batteries, and includes features that mean it can play a very different role in power supply, leading Zola to call it an autonomous power grid rather than a solar home system.

Nigeria
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Rio Tinto announced on 26 July that it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with CrossBoundary Energy for the development of a renewable hybrid project to supply its QIT Madagascar Minerals’ (QMM) ilmenite mine in Fort Dauphin

Madagascar
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Power project monitoring and data service African Energy Live Data is pleased to give an update on new features that will be added to the platform over the next 12 months.

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The malaise in most of the continent’s generation industries continued in Q1 2021, even though work resumed on most power projects which were held back by the pandemic in 2020. New data show that solar technology is spreading too slowly and in too few areas to meet the expectations of energy transition advocates, according to analysis of the latest figures from African Energy Live Data by Dan Marks.