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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
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United States-based Bitgreen is reportedly aiming to raise $10m-20m in debt financing for the 27MW Betmai hydroelectric power (HEP) project, using its blockchain fundraising platform.

Sierra Leone
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The National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has given its approval for the development of the 1,650MW Makurdi hydroelectric power (HEP) plant.

Nigeria
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Construction of the Polihali dam is due to start in November, with work on the transfer tunnel starting the following month, providing fresh momentum for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

Lesotho
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Damming at the 130MW Kandadji hydroelectric power (HEP) project has been completed. The plant, Niger's first HEP,  is expected online in 2026.

Niger
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Winch Energy has completed and commissioned three solar PV and storage mini-grids in Alikalia, Kondebaya and Sambia-Bendugu villages. The mini-grids were installed as part of the second phase of Winch’s 24-site mini-grid project in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone
Issue 409 - 14 February 2020

Gabon: Solar-thermal hybrid

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Engie subsidiary Ausar Energy has launched construction of a 400kW solar-thermal hybrid plant at Ndjolé in Moyen-Ogooué province. The plant is the first of eight planned solar hybrid plants with a combined capacity of 2.2MW being developed under an agreement signed between Engie and Gabonese financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) in August 2018.

Gabon
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 The state Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) has told African Energy that two solar photovoltaic developments have been commissioned: the 1.9MWp of aggregate generation capacity at the Ile de Romainville Democratisation and the 5MWp Ile de Romainville South PV plants; the latter also features 3.4MWh of battery storage.

Seychelles