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Issue 306 - 08 August 2015

Uganda: Tenders for Achwa III hydro

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Berkeley Energy, manager of the $200m Africa Renewable Energy Fund (Aref), has issued procurement notices for the electromechanical and civil works contracts for the 5MW-10MW Achwa III hydroelectric power project. Aref is 99% owner of Achwa, a cascade run-of-river project on the Achwa River, 50km north-east of Gulu in northern Uganda. The project includes a 12km, 33kV transmission line and around 10km of access road. The electromechanical and civil works contracts include design, manufacture, supply, transportation, installation and commissioning of turbines, associated works and spare parts.

Uganda
Issue 345 - 05 May 2017

Nigeria: New solar schemes

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Growing investor interest in Nigeria’s solar power sector was highlighted during April with the signing of agreements related to the development and financing of several planned utility-scale projects. InfraCo Africa announced on 20 April that it is to provide $1.65m to co-finance the development of a 50MWp project in the northern state of Kaduna. InfraCo, owned by the Private Infrastructure Development Group, said it had signed a convertible loan agreement totalling $1.25m with Access Quaint Solar Nigeria, the developer of the Abiba Solar project, a ground-mounted scheme at Manchok.

Nigeria
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The Central Procurement Board of Namibia on behalf of NamPower is seeking bids by 31 January for an engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the 20MW Omburu solar PV power plant in the Erongo region. A non-compulsory pre-bid meeting and site visit will take place on 15 November. Contact: Procurement Management Unit, Central Procurement Board of Namibia, 1 Teinert Street, Mandume Park, Windhoek. Email: procurement@cpb.org.na; Tel: +264 61 447 700.

Namibia
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Plans to generate electricity from landfill waste are finally taking off, with a pilot project in Casablanca’s Sidi Bernoussi district operational and Fes planning to generate up to 50MW, producing 30% of the city’s needs, within ten years.Rabat-based Ozone Environnement et Services (OES), which has contracts to collect household waste across Morocco, has signed an agreement with the state Société d’Investissement Energétique (SIE) to develop a MD47m ($5.5m) project in Fes. SIE will provide 25% of the financing, with the private developer finding the rest.

Morocco
Issue 145 - 06 September 2008

Waste-to-energy plans

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A US company has announced plans for a waste-to-energy plant to process 1,000 t/d of solid waste in Kampala. California-based Carbon Jungle said its waste-to-fuel subsidiary Cobal-USA Alternative Fuels had received a pre-agreement from local partner Dag & Bragan accompanied by a letter of interest from Kampala’s mayor.

Uganda
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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) intends to provide debt financing of up to $100m to the owner-operator of the 250MW Bujagali hydropower plant to refinance its existing debt. The private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group said on 15 September that it plans to provide an A loan of up to $100m and a B loan of up to $60m towards the estimated $500m required by Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL) to refinance its existing loans and to fund costs associated with the prepayment of existing loans and the refinancing.

Uganda
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US project developer Zoetic Global has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana for 100MW of hydrokinetic generation capacity at the Akosombo dam on Lake Volta. The company will use a new technology called an in-stream auger turbine (IAT). The project will be implemented in stages at a total cost of $225m.

Ghana
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Renewable power developer Lekela announced on 12 December that the first phase of the 158.7MW Taiba N’Diaye wind farm had provided its first power to the grid. The plant, located in Thiès region, 70km north of Dakar, is Senegal’s first utility-scale wind project and by some way the largest in West Africa. It is part of the government’s Plan Senegal Emergent development plan and will produce 15% of national generation capacity over a 20-year period.

Senegal
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UK-based hydroelectric turbine manufacturer Gilkes Hydro has received an order from Mulanje Renewable Energy (MRE) for the supply and commissioning of two Pelton turbines and associated electromechanical equipment for the 6MW Ruo hydropower project in southern Malawi. Construction of the run-of-river project on the Ruo River at the foot of Mount Mulanje is set to start this month and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, Gilkes’ head of sales for Africa, Andy Eaton, told African Energy.

Malawi
Issue 400 - 27 September 2019

Eskom agrees to export 300MW to Zambia

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Eskom has agreed to export 300MW of power to Zambia for the next three months to help the country tackle a worsening power supply deficit. Energy minister Matthew Nkhuwa had previously ruled out imports, saying Zambia could not afford to pay for more power, but the power deficit has jumped from 273MW in May 2019 to 690MW, owing to declining water levels in Lake Kariba and the Itezhi Tezhi dam, described by Zesco as the worst scenario in over 25 years.

Zambia
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The Seychelles is looking to a number of strategies to ensure that it maintains 100% electricity supply coverage on its main and nearby islands, while significantly reducing its costly heavy fuel oil dependency. Environment, energy and climate change minister Wallace Cosgrow told the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Mauritius on 19 June that, with oil prices rising, the cost “presents a big challenge” to the island economy, which is also challenged by rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has launched a request
for qualification to design, build, carry out operation and maintenance (O&M) and finance the 300MW-380MW Noor Midelt Phase I solar project. Masen plans to use concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) units to produce electricity during daytime and secure five hours of peak production after sunset, from CSP with thermal storage. Following the pattern of recent contract awards in Morocco – and peer group markets including South Africa and Dubai – pricing of the electricity is expected to be very competitive to win the contracts.

Morocco
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The optimism that prevailed ten years ago about jatropha curcas as a biodiesel crop has evaporated in the face of market realities. One of the latest victims, Belgian biotech firm Quinvita, closed in January, with Filip Lesaffer of Quinvita shareholders Think2act telling the Belgian economic daily De Tijd that the company had lost too much money and the pipeline of projects had completely dried up. Studies funded by Belgian development aid and carried out by researchers from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, part of the University of Liège, in collaboration with local farmers in the Dialocoto area of Senegal, concluded that planting jatropha as a monoculture and using external labour on large areas was not a profitable model.

DR Congo | Senegal
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The African Development Fund, managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a €4.02m ($4.4m) loan to help fund the government’s €30m equity investment in the 205MW Sahofika hydropower project on the Onive River. The loan includes a small grant component and additional funding for the government’s investment is expected from the European Union and the Arab Bank for Economic Development, which are both expected to provide around €13m, with the government providing €1.6m.

Madagascar
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The World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga) has issued guarantees for the construction, ownership and operation of the 40MW Aggeneys Solar PV, 75MW Konkoonsies II Solar PV, 117.7MW Golden Valley Wind and 32.5MW Excelsior Wind projects. Miga’s guarantees will cover 90% of developer BioTherm’s equity investment for up to $46.9m in the PV solar plants and $68.9m in both wind production plants.

South Africa