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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) and Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment are seeking expressions of interest (EoIs) from developers to supply some 400MW of solar PV capacity in nine locations, in the first phase of the 800MW Noor PV II project. In a significant change from past practice, the tender is structured under the Law 13-09 framework covering private sector developments. It aims to encourage local investors to develop grid-scale PV projects across the kingdom, using local inputs where possible and creating jobs.

Morocco
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A prominent daughter of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has won a prestigious environmental prize

Tunisia
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Germany’s Voith has signed a contract to supply electromechanical equipment to the 42MW Achwa River hydropower project on the border of Gulu and Pader districts. Work includes design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, testing and commissioning of all electromechanical parts. Achwa River is owned by Maji Power, a special purpose vehicle entirely owned by the Africa Renewable Energy Fund, which is managed by Berkeley Energy. It will comprise four vertical Francis turbines and vertical synchronous generators.

Uganda
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The first 90MW turbine at the 275MW Soubré dam on the Sassandra River will start up by the end of March, according to CI-Energies director-general Amidou Traoré. All the turbines at the facility, which is being built by Sinohydro, will be fully operational in August, Traoré told reporters. Work began on the CFA331bn ($500m) project in 2013 (AE 270/7). Some 85% of the financing was provided through a loan from Export-Import Bank of China, with the balance met by the government of Côte d’Ivoire.

Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 317 - 11 February 2016

Egypt: EIB considers solar funding

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is appraising two separate loans for solar schemes being developed under the Egyptian feed-in tariff (FiT) programme, which aims to procure a total 2GW of solar power and 2GW of wind power in 2015-17.One is a €73m ($80m) loan for Engie for the construction and operation of two independent 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Ben Ban, near Aswan in southern Egypt. The total cost of the development is estimated at €195m.

Egypt
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The question of how large Inga III should be has been raised by consultants retained to comment on the African Development Bank (AfDB)-financed study by EDF International and Aecom Technology Corporation’s Canada-based subsidiary Groupe RSW (AE 263/4). Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa have signed a preliminary agreement for Eskom to take 2.5GW from Inga III, with the rest to go to mining firms and local consumers, in the first of six phases of the 39GW-44GW Grand Inga project (AE 266/1, 265/9, 255/1).

DR Congo
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The heads of Africa50, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the bank’s ambitious Desert to Power Programme for 10,000MW of solar projects in the Sahel. The Desert to Power initiative aims to develop 10,000MW of solar power systems across the Sahel, providing electricity to 250m people, including 90m off-grid. The initiative will also help protect the Great Green Wall of trees established as a buffer against desertification from being cut down for energy.

Issue 338 - 19 January 2017

Ethiopia: Aba Samuel rehabilitation

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Operation of Ethiopia’s oldest hydropower plant was handed back to state power utility Ethiopia Electric Power in mid-December following the completion of a two-year Chinese-led rehabilitation. An official handing-over ceremony was held on 15 December in the presence of minister of finance and economic cooperation Abraham Tekeste and Chinese ambassador La Yifan. The 6.6MW Aba Samuel plant on the Akaki River in the Awash river basin near Addis Ababa was rehabilitated by PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation under an engineering, procurement and construction contract, with grant financing of Y95m ($14m) from the government of China, according to a statement by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation.

Ethiopia
Issue 265 - 07 November 2013

Big guns dominate bid round

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The latest round of renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme boasts an impressive reduction in the price of power and the largest number of bids submitted to date. A total of 93 power projects were submitted, representing a combined capacity of 6,023MW. Seventeen have been selected so far, with total capacity of 1,473MW and an estimated value of R44bn ($4.3bn). The 29 October announcement said further projects may be selected by 20 November due to the high number of “very competitive” bids. Eighteen bidders were sent letters of non-appointment due to non-compliance with qualification criteria.

South Africa
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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced on 24 March that it had awarded a $860,000 grant to Ghana’s Buipe Solar to finance a feasibility study for a 20MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in northern Ghana. USTDA said Buipe Solar had selected US-based consultants WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct the feasibility study for a project that it said presented a US export potential of up to $17.4m in PV modules, inverters, racks, and engineering services.

Ghana
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An unusually short rainy season has sharply reduced power production from the Kaléta dam, obliging the authorities to increase their use of thermal energy. Electricité de Guinée (EDG), the state power company managed by France’s Veolia, obtains its grid power from a mix of hydroelectric dams (58% of installed capacity) and thermal power plants (42%), but production from hydro plants has been affected by a sharp decline in the length of the rainy season from six months in 2017 to about three months in 2018.

Guinea
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Scatec Solar announced on 17 December the award of two 60MW solar projects at Tozeur and Sidi Bouzid and a 240MW project at Tataouine. Scatec will be the lead equity investor and engineering, procurement and construction contractor, and will provide operation, maintenance and asset management services. Power will be sold to Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The projects are part of a 500MW solar tender launched in May 2018 by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy.

Tunisia
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The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation on 12 June approved $87m in financing for the 250MW Lekela Egypt Wind Power project in the Gulf of Suez. Opic’s support will mobilise more than $250m in additional capital to finance the project, the agency said.

Egypt
Issue 261 - 14 September 2013

Namibia: Solar power for brewery


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Germany’s Donauer Solartechnik has won a contract for a 1.1MW solar photovoltaic rooftop installation for Namibia Breweries. The solar modules will be supplied by Luxembourg-registered CNPV Solar Power, which has a manufacturing facility in Dongying, China.

Namibia
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After good rains boosted the Ruacana hydro plant, NamPower, usually an importer, is temporarily exporting electricity to Eskom. “We are currently exporting up to 200MW of electricity to South Africa,” NamPower senior manager for energy trading Werner Graupe told the South African Press Association. “The electricity comes from our Ruacana hydropower plant on the Kunene River bordering Angola. Due to the good rains experienced in the area, particularly southern Angola, the Kunene River flows strongly, sometimes at 300m3/second, driving the turbines at the power plant, and we can export up to 200MW off-peak.”

Namibia | South Africa