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Helius Power Company invites prequalification applications by 12 March for the implementation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with an installed capacity of around 12MWp and associated network at the Tema Free Zones Enclave. Helius, the power generation subsidiary of Southern Utilities, part of Ghanaian conglomerate LMI Holdings, said it has secured financing for the project, which is to be installed on the 92,000m2 roof space of Mega Warehouse, owned by LMI subsidiary International Warehouse Company.

Ghana
Issue 397 - 26 July 2019

Togo: Scaling Solar to develop 90MW

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The government signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 9 July to develop 90MW of solar power under the Scaling Solar programme. Togo is the sixth country after Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Uzbekistan to join Scaling Solar, the IFC said.The accord follows an initial agreement signed in 2017, under which the IFC funded studies of potential sites and the absorptive capacity of the national electricity grid.

Togo
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UK-based off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies has partnered with Chinese television company StarTimes to expand its offering in Kenya. The partnership will provide customers with a solar home system including a 24-inch LED television with free-to-air channels and up to 40 StarTimes channels delivered using a TV aerial or satellite dish. Systems also include four LED lights, a USB charging point and a rechargeable torch and radio. Customers pay a deposit of KSh4,999 ($49.99) and a daily fee of KSh99 over 130 weeks, providing up to six hours of StarTimes TV.

Kenya
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A large number of power sector deals in recent weeks point to the way ahead for Egypt’s electricity sector and indicate how risk will be shared between the government, financiers and developers. The Ministry of Electricity plans to include nuclear as well as gas and renewables in its long-term energy mix and has received potent backing from governments, multilateral lenders, banks and private sector developers, none of them so far dissuaded by the political risks associated with terrorism or the country’s still-fragile finances.

Egypt
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Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) deputy director-general Jacob Mbele has confirmed that a request for proposals (RfP) for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP)’s seventh round will be released later this year, alongside an RfP for the gas-to-power IPP programme in October.

South Africa
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Production testing has started at four recently-drilled geothermal wells at Aluto-Langano, south of Addis Ababa, power utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has said. The testing is scheduled to take three months.

Ethiopia
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Delays in finalising Corbetti Geothermal Company’s plans to sell up to 500MW of geothermal power to Ethiopia Electric Power’s grid and hold-ups in major Kenyan schemes that seek to harness the Rift Valley’s huge resources have underlined the slow pace of projects harnessing energy from the earth’s core in eastern Africa. For all the efforts to develop independent power projects and the support of leading multilaterals and initiatives such as the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), only the Olkaria complex in Kenya has been exploited so far on a large scale.

Ethiopia | Eritrea | Tanzania
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The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has signed an agreement to provide a $27m loan to develop the Gale-Le-Koma geothermal project in the Lake Assal region. The project involves the drilling of ten wells (eight production boreholes and two reinjection boreholes) and development of a 15MW geothermal power plant, with a target completion date of 2021.The agreement was signed with the Office Djiboutien de Développement de l’Energie Géothermique (ODDEG), which has carried out preliminary drilling and confirmed a geothermal reservoir at the site.

Djibouti
Issue 287 - 25 October 2014

Kenya: ACEF grant for geothermal project

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The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic)-administered Africa Clean Energy Facility (ACEF) is providing a $950,000 grant to Kenya-based renewable energy development company Akiira One Ltd to finalise preparation for a geothermal power project with an initial generation capacity of 40MW. The project will be sited next to the Olkaria geothermal fields and could ultimately produce up to 140MW. The grant will facilitate the procurement of consultants to complete the technical and legal work required before drilling can begin early in 2015.

Kenya
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Debt finance has been lined up to cover 75% of the cost of a planned geothermal exploration programme by renewable energy company Akiira Geothermal at the Naivasha steam fields in Akiira Valley.

Kenya
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The state-owned Geothermal Development Company (GDC) announced on 15 January that it expects Quantum Power East Africa Ltd to begin construction in March of the first of three 35MW independent power producer (IPP) projects worth a combined $210m at the Menengai geothermal complex. GDC said Quantum Power’s project would be followed by Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Ltd, reported in the Kenyan press to have been part owned until recently by Gideon Moi, son of the former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi.

Kenya
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The natural hot sulphuric springs at Hammam Pharaon in South Sinai governorate on the east coast of the Gulf of Suez were a popular tourist destination before security concerns scared off most international visitors. They may now represent the best indicator of a potential geothermal resource which will be studied by a joint venture agreed on 24 April by New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) chairman Dr Mohamed Sobky and Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Company chairman Sherif Soussa. In a telephone interview with African Energy, Sobky said the new company study a pilot project at Hammam Pharaon, where “there is an early indication that we can utilise some of the geothermal energy”.

Egypt
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One of the companies listed in President Barack Obama’s highly publicised Power Africa initiative, Symbion Power, is adding to its already substantial position in Tanzania (AE 257/1) by promoting a geothermal project with Nevada-based, Israeli-owned Ormat Technologies. Symbion chief executive Paul Hinks told African Energy the partners would look to the Power Africa initiative for backing.

Tanzania
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California-based AAE Systems is embroiled in a dispute with Ugandan firm Apex Petroleum over $60m of arrangement fees relating to the $1.2bn 150MW Katwe geothermal project in Kasese, western Uganda. Apex director Ahmed Mutimba claims AAE contracted him as its country representative, charged with identifying projects and partners, and entitled to 5% of project costs as an arrangement fee upon the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) (AE 253/8).
Having formed a joint venture with local company Katwe Geothermal earlier this year, AAE signed a PPA with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company in April 2013.

Uganda
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President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) aimed at relaunching exploration of the country’s geothermal energy potential. Speaking at the first UK-Djibouti Trade and Investment Forum in London on 8 May, ministers from Djibouti said that, after four-and-a-half years in financial limbo, the government had secured the means to proceed with development. Sinopec and the government first signed a geothermal resource co-operation framework agreement in Beijing in July 2012. Economy and finance minister Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh told the forum that Sinopec had agreed to develop, on a joint venture basis, two “high-potentiality” sites at Obock.

Djibouti