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Issue 291 - 18 December 2014

Morocco: AfDB funding for Ouarzazate

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) board has approved a loan of €100m ($133m) for phase II of the Ouarzazate solar complex, as well as $119m from the Clean Technology Fund that was already announced by the World Bank. Phase II involves the construction of two separate power plants; 150-200MW Noor II, a parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP) facility, and 100-150MW Noor III, a CSP tower. The project will be developed as a public-private partnership between the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) and a private developer for each power plant. The project company will build and operate the plants for 25 years.

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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Investors and developers have condemned the government’s refusal to compromise over the terms of the power purchase agreement for utility-scale feed-in tariff (FiT) projects, which means that the majority of projects in the first phase will not go ahead. Cairo’s inflexibility has created a suspicion within the industry that it has used the disputed clauses as a pretext for shutting down most of the programme, having concluded that the FIT prices had been set too high. Some projects may go ahead in a subsequent phase, and renewables projects are going ahead under other less controversial schemes.

Egypt
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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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The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) and the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (Repp) have announced an agreement to facilitate cooperation on renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Under a memorandum of understanding, Opic will partner Repp to identify projects that could benefit from their support and assistance, beginning from early-stage development. “The intention is to identify strong projects that would be eligible for Opic financing at an early stage so that with Repp assistance, the projects have a higher likelihood of being financed and achieving their intended development impact,” a joint statement said.

Issue 318 - 25 February 2016

Liberia: Tenders for T&D and mini-grid

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Tenders have been issued for three projects following approval of donor financing for schemes to improve power supply in Monrovia and in Lofa County. The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is seeking bids for the Monrovia Consolidation of Electricity Transmission and Distribution project, funded by the EuropeAid Cooperation Office. This is composed of three lots. Lot one is a three-year technical assistance programme for the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy’s Bureau of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

Liberia
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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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A new discussion paper circulated by French engineer Alain Léautey has cast further doubt on the likely output of the Grand Inga hydroelectric scheme. In the analysis, titled Inga 3: utopie ou réalisme?, Léautey, who spent years working on the rehabilitation of Inga I and II for French engineering company Ingerop and Italy’s Franco Tosi, argues that the headline generation figure of 39GW-42GW for Grand Inga cited in studies and official documents from the Congolese government and its partners is highly questionable.

DR Congo
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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
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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has invited sealed bids by 31 October for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of hydromechanical and electrical works at the Bin El Ouidane and Ait Ouarda dams on the El Abid River in the north-central region of Béni Mellal-Khénifra. The work, which is expected to take 18 months, is to be financed from a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which agreed in November 2015 to provide a sovereign-guaranteed loan of up to €35m to finance the ONEE Hydro Rehabilitation Project.

Morocco
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Morocco’s Platinum Power has invited companies to prequalify for a turnkey contract to develop the 350MW Makay hydro project on the Nyong River. The invitation follows the signing of a power purchase agreement and project terms with the government and state utility Eneo. The contract will involve mobilising the necessary resources, analysing existing studies, carrying out detailed design studies, procuring the necessary equipment, and building and commissioning the facilities

Cameroon
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The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is set to tender for a strategic investor for a 350MW hydropower project to be developed at Mpatamanga Gorge on the Shire River in southern Malawi. A request for proposals is scheduled to be issued by year-end. The selected investor is expected to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to build, own and operate the power plant before transferring the asset to the government at the end of the concession period, the government’s transaction adviser, CrossBoundary Energy, told delegates at the Hydro 2019 conference in Porto on 14-16 October.

Malawi
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The Rural and Renewable Energy Agency invites expressions of interest from engineering consultancy firms by 6 April to prepare detailed designs, bidding documents, tendering and supervision of works for the construction of the 9.34MW Gbedin Falls run-of-river hydropower plant and associated distribution system infrastructure.

Liberia
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The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) marked its tenth anniversary at the Europe-Africa Business Forum, held in Abidjan on 27 November as a curtain-raiser for the African Union-European Summit later that week. Published since 2012, the AEEP reports – compiled for the AEEP Secretariat by Cross-border Information Ltd, this year with partner Kenergy Renewables – have provided a means for measuring the 2020 Political Targets agreed following the AU-EU Lisbon summit that created the AEEP in 2007.