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South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has outlined plans to procure nearly 17GW of generation capacity from different technologies in FY2023/24, in new efforts aimed at increasing electricity supply and tackling crippling shortages.

South Africa
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Developer SSI Energy has appointed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 10MW Kahama solar PV plant. Work includes a 3km transmission line to Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco)’s Buzwagi substation.

Tanzania
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Mining and metals group Sibanye-Stillwater has signed its first power purchase agreement (PPA) and reached financial close for the 89MW Castle wind farm, near De Aar in Northern Cape province. The wind farm will supply Sibanye-Stillwater’s mining operations via a wheeling agreement with state utility Eskom.

South Africa
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The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exim) has approved a $900m loan to build two solar PV plants for the Ministry of Energy and Water (Minea).

Angola
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As Zimbabwe’s general election approaches, experts are complaining that its energy laws and policies are outdated and need extensive review to promote increased investment in renewable energy.

Zimbabwe
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Mauritius-headquartered Hydroneo East Africa has requested expressions of interest (EoI) for the design and construction of the 10MW Mpanda hydroelectric power (HEP) project on the Ruzibazi river in Bubanza. Once complete, the plant will be Burundi’s first HEP independent power producer (IPP).

Burundi
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CrossBoundary Energy’s 8MWp solar PV installation is now dispatching power to Rio Tinto’s QIT Madagascar Minerals ilmenite facility in Taolagnaro, the Nairobi-headquartered developer told African Energy, while the project’s 8.2MWh battery energy storage system is also in the final stages of commissioning.

Madagascar
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The first phase of the 50MW Solenova Caraculo solar PV project in Angola's Namibe province has been inaugurated.

Angola
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More than 4GW of hybrid power projects using battery storage are expected to come online by 2025 according to the African Energy Live Data platform. More than half of this will come from projects in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP).

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Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has provided more details of its plans to develop 610MW of solar power capacity close to Eskom’s coal-fired power plants at Majuba and Tutuka. The amount of solar power to be developed close to the Eskom plants is now set to reach more than 2.4GW, after French green hydrogen (GH2) developer HDF Energy said it had plans for 1,500MW of capacity.

South Africa
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Netherlands-based investors are setting up $1bn funds in both South Africa and Namibia, in partnership with local investors, to accelerate the development of green hydrogen projects in the two countries.

Namibia | South Africa
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Actis has been selected as preferred bidder for what will be Egypt’s first power sector privatisation. The deal has yet to be formally announced but an industry source confirmed to African Energy that Actis was the successful bidder for a trio of wind plants built in the Gulf of Suez, which are being sold as a single entity.

Egypt
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United Kingdom private equity investor Actis has agreed the sale of BTE Renewables to two French businesses, utility Engie and asset manager Meridiam, for $1bn. The deal covers a portfolio of almost 500MW of solar photvoltaic and wind power capacity in South Africa and Kenya.

Kenya | South Africa
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Southern Africa leaders have made a joint appeal at COP27 for nearly $20bn from investors to complete electricity transmission interconnectors and fund new renewable energy projects, in part to increase energy capacity in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

DR Congo | Angola | Namibia | Malawi | Zambia | Zimbabwe | Tanzania
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The British government, which remains COP president until November 2022 when Egypt takes over, is expected to take a more than usually active approach to climate change diplomacy over the next 12 months. One reason for this is that the United Kingdom has had an unusually long time to focus on the issue and it has an incentive to keep doing so.