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The National Council on Privatisation and the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) invite expressions of interest by 31 March from technical advisers to provide transaction advisory services for the award of a concession for the 700MW Zungeru hydroelectric plant on the Kaduna River in Niger State.

Nigeria
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The start of construction at ABO Wind’s Mornag Wind scheme has been delayed and the company has confirmed it has “quite a way to go” before work can begin, due to challenges around the location of the project and other issues. “We had secured remuneration for the 30MW project in a tender, but later found out that we would have to move the project to a different site due to aviation restrictions,” a spokeswoman said.

Tunisia
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Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has told parliament his department aims to procure 4.2GW of renewables by January, along with ambitious plans for coal and gas power. Controversial nuclear energy plans are also moving forward in an agenda which will raise hackles as well as presenting opportunities, writes Dan Marks South Africa is aiming to start procurement of more than 9.2GW of new generation capacity by January 2022, according to a statement by mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe to the National Council of Provinces (upper house of parliament).

South Africa
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The 10MW Bangui Diesel II plant was completed this month, Tunisia’s Tragedel told African Energy. The plant was proposed in 2015 as part of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Co-operation's medium-term 2016-30 investment programme as an additional plant to supplement the existing 6MW Bangui Diesel I.

Central African Republic
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France’s GreenYellow has signed an agreement with national energy utility Jirama to expand the capacity of its 20MW Ambohipihaonana solar PV plant to 40MW and add a 5MWh lithium-ion storage component. The extension is expected to cost €17m ($20m) and will be financed by Axian Group and GreenYellow for commissioning by end-2021.

Madagascar
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German-based microgrid technology provider Dhybrid and Berbera Electricity Company (BEC) have announced the port city is now powered by a recently commissioned city-wide power grid. The project includes two solar PV plants of 8MW total, a 2MWh lithium-ion power storage system and three diesel generators.

Somalia
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Construction will be complete at Winch Energy’s solar PV and battery storage mini-grid development on Bunjako Island by end-September, Winch Energy Uganda country manager Alex Wanume told African Energy. The mini-grids, with an aggregate capacity of 0.128MWp, will bring power to 500 homes and businesses. Development of the project was first announced in June 2018.

Uganda
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Quadran Burkina Faso (Zano) has raised a syndicated debt of €20.25m ($24m) for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 24MWp solar farm near Tenkodogo, which is expected to cost €25.7m in total.

Burkina Faso
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Development of the 3.84MW Tsanga A hydroelectric power station is being affected by issues over payment terms. Nyangani Renewable Energy (NRE) managing director Ian McKersie said the parties to its power purchase agreement (PPA) – Tsanga Power Stations (TPS) and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) subsidiary Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC) – were having difficulty in agreeing what currency payments should be made in.

Zimbabwe
Issue 445 - 09 September 2021

South Africa plans renewable tariff pilot

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Eskom is increasingly wise to the imperative for corporate clients to use renewable power to meet environmental, social and governance objectives. The state utility launched a renewable energy (RE) tariff pilot programme on 1 September which allows its customers to receive a blended electricity supply with up to 100% of energy from renewable sources.

South Africa
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Two biomass projects planned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) will be retendered, Unido Procurement Services Division officer Alex Eruwa told African Energy.

Cameroon
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The hybridisation of the Mongo diesel mini-grid has been delayed to Q1 2022, ZIZ Energies commercial and industrial (C&I) director Julien Mbainaissem told African Energy.

Chad
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The final 55.2MW phase of the 158.7MW Taiba N’Diaye wind farm in Région de Thiès will come online by year-end, developer the Netherlands-registered Lekela Power has said.

Senegal
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The environmental movement in Africa has evolved hugely over the past decade, with pressure groups increasingly influential in politics and the courts. They have been joined by other human rights and social justice campaigners, who increasingly see environmental issues as relevant to their activities.

Issue 449 - 04 November 2021

Burundi back from the wilderness

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Burundi’s first major new power plant in more than three decades came online in October, when the 7.5MW Mubuga solar PV plant boosted on-grid generation capacity by more than 10%. It marks an important point for Burundi, whose poor record of governance meant it was avoided by a majority of developers, donors and financiers, even as neighbouring Rwanda surged ahead.

Burundi