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GE distributor Clarke Energy has won an order from drinks multinational Diageo to install combined heat and power (CHP) plants at its Guinness breweries in Ogba and Benin City. The 3.3MW plants will each feature a gas-fired Jenbacher J620 gas engine and a back-up diesel generator

Nigeria
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French renewable power developer Neoen has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the government for its 41MWp Metoro solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Cabo Delgado. Concession agreements come late in the development process in Mozambique and Neoen head of communications Axelle Vuilermet told African Energy that financial close was “very close”. Selection of the main contractors is under way and preferred suppliers are expected to be finalised soon.Metoro is 75% owned by Neoen and 25% by Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) and is backed by the French development agencies Agence Française de Développement and Proparco.

Mozambique
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The wind and solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by Dubai-headquartered AMEA Power on 10 December are a hard-earned recompense for the developer’s long and sometimes arduous slog to close a major deal in Egypt. As well as placing AMEA among the leading sponsors of renewable energy projects anywhere in Africa, they also demonstrate Cairo’s willingness to close deals with committed investors – providing the price is right.

Egypt
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The government of the northern province of Niassa has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gigawatt Global and the Anglican Church in Niassa for the construction of a 50MW solar PV power plant in the provincial capital Lichinga. The electricity produced will be supplied to the grid with the aim of improving power supply to the Lago, Mecula, Mecanhelas, Mavago and Mandimba districts. Following the signing, work on an environmental impact assessment was due to get under way in September.

Mozambique
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State power and water utility Régie de Production et de Distribution d’Eau et d’Electricité (Regideso) has invited prequalification applications by 31 March for the construction of the 32MW Jiji and 17MW Mulembwe hydropower projects in southern Burundi. According to the tender notice published on 23 February, Regideso expects to launch a formal tender procedure in June. The two stations, on the Jiji and Mulembwe rivers, will be located about 3.75km apart and will almost double Burundi’s installed capacity.

Burundi
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President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir inaugurated the Roseires dam expansion on the Blue Nile on 1 January as part of celebrations marking the 57th anniversary of independence. China International Water & Electric Corporation carried out the expansion of the dam on the Blue Nile some 550km south-east of Khartoum.

Sudan
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Acwa Power Khalladi has confirmed final orders to suppliers and contractors for the construction of its 10MW wind power project near Tangier. Saudi-based Acwa Power said all conditions precedent for its landmark project financing had been satisfied. Acwa Power Khalladi (formerly known as UPC Renewables) is 75% owned by Acwa Power and 25% owned by the Arif Investment Fund, managed by Infra Invest. The Khalladi project will directly supply industrial clients connected to the high-voltage network. The MAD1.7bn ($173m) project began construction in November 2015.

Morocco
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Virunga National Park expects to reach its goal of installing 30MW of hydro capacity to supply power to local communities by the end of 2019 and intends to install a total of 60MW of power to complete its hydro programme. The public-private partnership which runs the park that extends along Democratic Republic of Congo’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda is on course to complete the 12.4MW Lubero hydro plant by mid-2019.

DR Congo
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After an awkward period in the latter part of 2016 when many potential investors threatened to walk away, Egypt’s renewables programme is partly back on track. The commitment of Norway’s Scatec Solar – one of the largest players in the sector – to six projects in the second round of the solar feed-in tariff (FIT) programme suggests the government has got away with its decision to virtually scrap the first round and to issue revised terms including a lower price.

Egypt
Issue 318 - 25 February 2016

Angola: Lomaum dam returns to service

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The 50MW Lomaum dam on the Catumbela River was returned to service on 3 February after rehabilitation work. State news agency Angop said the dam at Cubal, in Benguela province, had been out of action for 31 years. It will enable Empresa Nacional de Distribuição de Electricidade (Ende) to improve supply to 92,000 consumers in the cities of Benguela, Lobito, Catumbela and Baía Farta. The dam started production tests in June 2015 and is now restored to full production. The plant was badly damaged in 1984, during the civil war.

Angola
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Kenya Power has released a five-year Corporate Strategic Plan for 2016/17 to 2020/21 which outlines KSh219bn ($2.1bn) of investments while pushing back the target of adding 5GW of generation to 2021. In September 2013, the government announced ambitious plans to add more than 5GW to Kenya’s generation capacity over 40 months, boosting output from 1,644MW to 6.7GW by end-2016 to back an extensive programme of industrialisation. In the government-formulated generation expansion plan, a total of 5,098MW of new generation capacity was planned to be built in the period July 2013 to December 2016.

Kenya
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Standard Bank has registered a programme with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) executive board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to supply low-pressure solar water heaters to low-income households in South Africa.

South Africa
Issue 250 - 14 March 2013

Ethiopia: First solar PV plant

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Florida-based SKY Energy International has opened a plant in Addis Ababa producing photovoltaic solar panels, in a venture with the state Metals and Engineering Corporation. The factory, built at a cost of $5m, is the first in Ethiopia, and follows the opening of a similar plant in Naivasha, Kenya, by Dutch company Ubbink Centrotherm Group in August 2011.

Ethiopia
Issue 309 - 09 October 2015

Guinea: Kaléta dam inaugurated

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President Alpha Condé on 28 September formally inaugurated the 240MW Kaléta dam, whose first turbine started generating power in May. The ceremony, attended by Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou and his Congolese counterpart Denis Sassou Nguesso, took place less than two weeks before Guinea’s 11 October presidential election, in which Condé is seeking a second five-year term. Improved power supplies were one of his main campaign pledges in 2010, but efforts to improve the situation have run into a number of challenges.

Guinea
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The Africa50 investment platform announced on 4 December that it has acquired a 15% stake in the 420MW Nachtigal hydroelectric power project, with the Stoa investment vehicle established by the Agence Française de Développement and Caisse des Dépôts acquiring 10% of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) stake in the project.

Cameroon