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Tunisia’s industry, energy and mines ministry is working on the early stages of a green hydrogen (GH2) scheme called H2vert.TUN with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and its Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) development agency.

Tunisia
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South Korea’s Hyosung Heavy Industries has started construction of a battery energy storage facility at Elandskop in South Africa's Kwazulu Natal region. Elandskop is the first phase of Eskom’s wider battery energy storage system (BESS) project, which includes the installation of about 199MW of capacity, with 833MWh of distributed battery storage at eight sites countrywide. 

South Africa
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After a disastrous couple of years when almost no new electricity was added to Steg’s grid despite the urgent need to install alternatives to expensive Algerian gas imports, the Tunisian authorities have launched a 1.6GW renewables procurement round, and it is possible that some of the nearly 1.5GW of wind and solar projects under development may also start construction this year, writes John Hamilton.

Tunisia
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Wholly-owned and supported by the UK government’s British International Investment, Africa-focused transmission, distribution and distributed renewable energy investor Gridworks’ latest investment, of up to $50m in Nairobi-headquartered Virunga Power, is to be used to fund projects in countries including Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Issue 329 - 05 August 2016

Eskom muscles into SA policy void

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A letter from Eskom to energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson requesting a dialogue before power purchase agreements (PPAs) are signed beyond the current renewable energy rounds has provoked a furious back-and-forth between Eskom and industry stakeholders in the media. On 21 July, an article in Business Day headlined ‘Eskom cuts off private power’ reported that Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane had written to Joemat-Pettersson stating that the utility would no longer sign PPAs with independent power producers (IPPs) for renewable energy schemes other than those already committed up to the expedited round ‘4.5’.

South Africa
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With load-shedding resuming as South Africa eases lockdown, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has issued a request for proposals for 2,000MW of power from a range of technologies under the risk mitigation IPP procurement programme. Submissions are due by noon local time on 24 November.

South Africa
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) on 7 July signed a $1.34bn loan for Eskom’s massive capital expenditure programme, which is expected to cost more than $17bn between 2016 and 2020. The programme will add around 11,000MW of generation capacity and 9,500km of transmission lines. The syndicated A/B loan facility, which the AfDB claims is the largest to date in Africa, included $965m from nine commercial banks: Bank of China, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, CaixaBank, Citibank, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, KfW IPEX Bank, Siemens Bank and Standard Chartered.

South Africa
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In his State of the Nation address on 13 February, President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated several of the measures being taken to address South Africa’s power crisis. The speech takes place as Ramaphosa approaches two years in office without having procured any new capacity despite worsening load-shedding, aside from signing agreements with projects already selected in the fourth round of the country’s renewable energy IPP programme (REIPPP) in April 2018.

South Africa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has won plaudits for his public determination to clean up South African governance, as underlined by his suspension of African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule. This clean-up has been supported by governance-focused civil society and media, and independent-minded members of the judiciary, but as African Energy’s South Africa power report pointed out, public confidence remains dangerously low after the ‘state capture’ years – and this negative environment is impacting across the economy.

South Africa
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More details have emerged about the Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme, announced by energy minister Gwede Mantashe, while questions continue to be asked about the programme’s design, which is based on 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). Also in question is a deadline of July for projects to reach financial close.

South Africa
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The Julius Nyerere hydroelectric power project has passed another significant milestone with the impounding and first water filling of the main dam on Rufiji River. African Energy takes a closer look at a project that on completion promises a major hike in Tanzania’s generation capacity.

Tanzania
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Under instructions from President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Algerian state utility Sonelgaz sent a “highly qualified” mission to Cuba on 19-25 January to study a solar generation project in Havana.

Algeria
Issue 476 - 15 January 2023

Nigeria: Tiga HEP set for commissioning

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The Kano state government has announced the completion of construction work at the Tiga hydroelectric power (HEP) project following years of delays.

Nigeria
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $1m in funding through the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) to conduct feasibility studies for hybrid biomass power plants in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Ghana | Sierra Leone
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A source familiar with the project told African Energy the Memve’ele hydroelectric power plant has achieved full operational capacity.

Cameroon