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On 1 February Bamburi Cement, a subsidiary of Switzerland’s Holcim, said it had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Momnai Energy for the development of two solar PV plants that will meet up to 40% of its energy needs.

Kenya
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The InfraCredit credit enhancement facility, sponsored by Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the UK’s GuarantCo, has announced that it will partner with the British government on a £10m ($13.6m) programme to spur investment in off-grid renewable energy projects.

Nigeria
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National utility Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has launched a tender for a 50MW wind independent power producer (IPP) to be built near Lüderitz, a wind hotspot.

Namibia
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The new Dubai-based Capton Energy joint venture between Siemens Financial Services (SFS) and Saudi Arabia’s Desert Technologies, aims to develop a solar portfolio of more than 1GW across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Ethiopia’s ‘unilateral action’ in starting limited power generation at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) violates its diplomatic obligations, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry told the Council of the League of Arab States on 9 March.

Egypt | Sudan | Ethiopia
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Robert Friedland’s Ivanhoe Mines has made a strategic investment in Johannesburg Stock Exchange- and A2X-listed Renergen, in a deal that gives the Canadian firm an option to negotiate power supply from Renergen’s planned gas power plant in South Africa.

South Africa
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The parastatal Central Electricity Board (CEB) issued two tenders on 18 March, requesting bidders for 100MW of solar PV and storage capacity, and 40MW of small-scale renewable energy (RE) hybrid projects. The tenders follow further twists in the ‘Saint Louisgate’ scandal.

Mauritius
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The West African Power Pool (WAPP) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) have agreed to partner on solar projects in the region

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Operations and maintenance work at the 41MW Metoro solar plant in north-eastern Cabo Delgado province were halted on 7 June after armed attacks in the region. In another incident soon afterwards, Australian Stock Exchange-listed Triton Minerals said its graphite mine in Ancuabe, 45km west of Pemba, was attacked on 8 June by armed groups.

Mozambique
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Natixis Investment Managers affiliate Mirova has acquired off-grid renewables debt specialist SunFunder, as part of a plan to build up its African portfolio.

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South Africa’s SolarAfrica has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply Vantage Data Centers’ new site in Johannesburg with 87MW of solar power. The contract will see power wheeled over the grid from a site in the Northern Cape, with the aim of helping Vantage and its clients meet their net zero requirements.

South Africa
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It is more than a whisper: international institutions and private equity (PE) investors are again exploring major hydroelectric power (HEP) deals, after years during which environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns made big dams a problematic issue for development finance institutions (DFI) and other potential investors.

Mozambique | DR Congo | Malawi | Nigeria | Togo
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Norwegian development agency Norfund and Norway’s largest pension fund KLP have invested $40m of equity in CrossBoundary Energy to expand its portfolio of renewable projects, paving the way for a debt-raising round in 2023.

Mozambique | Madagascar | Senegal
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The management of Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has returned to national hands, following the end of the five-year Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC-Liberia) programme, which had been in charge of the state utility’s management since 2018.

Liberia
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Kenyan elections always raise tensions and, sometimes, expectations – and opinion polls point to a close race for the presidency, in an important and tightly contested election in early August. The candidates’ energy policies look similar on paper, but investors expect very different approaches to emerge.

Kenya