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Eskom declared a power supply emergency during peak demand hours on 20 and 21 February, allowing the utility to compel key energy intensive customers to reduce power consumption by 10%. Although Eskom published a provisional load shedding schedule, managed blackouts were avoided following a 1,000MW reduction in demand by customers, including at least 200MW of voluntary savings by commercial and residential customers. The other 800MW was mostly reductions from industrial consumers, particularly members of the Energy Intensive User Group. Eskom declared a similar emergency in November last year.

South Africa
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Another year and thoughts turn to the potentials – be they 39GW, 44GW or 50GW – of the Congo River’s Inga hydroelectric resource, or of oil plays in the Albertine Graben, where Tullow Oil’s Ugandan field on the other side of the lacustrine border will come on stream this year

DR Congo
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Disputed territories of Sool and eastern Sanag included in Somaliland elections with the hope of achieving a more peaceful resolution to the border dispute

Somalia
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Davis Chirchir, a computer scientist and staunch ally of deputy president William Ruto, has been confirmed as minister for energy and petroleum, replacing Meru County senator Kiraitu Murungi. Chirchir has no experience in the energy sector. He co-ordinated the unbundling of state-owned Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation in 1999, from which Telekom Kenya was formed, and managed the establishment of mobile service provider Safaricom.

Kenya
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The much-anticipated partial float of the naira, introduced from 20 June, reflected a concession by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had resisted devaluation as he did during his first stint as president in the 1980s. Buhari was forced by deteriorating economic conditions and declining confidence to listen to markets. African Energy hears that concerns over the naira and other issues have led to the World Bank Group, a key guarantor of the liberalised generation and distribution system, making quiet threats to stop guarantees.

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Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) says energy minister Matthew Nkhuwa acted beyond his authority by declaring its transmission network common carrier to allow government-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) to continue receiving power supply despite a year of failing to pay its bills. CEC is seeking to overturn the statutory instrument (SI) issued by Nkhuwa on 29 May declaring CEC’s network common carrier.

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The National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) has announced three block awards in the deep-water Namibe Basin from its 2019 bid round. ANPG said Sonangol was awarded 35% in Block 27, with the other 65% remaining open for negotiation by other interested companies. Eni was awarded operatorship of Block 28 with a 60% interest, alongside Sonangol with 20%, leaving 20% open for negotiations. Block 29 was awarded to Total as operator with 46%, alongside Equinor (24.5%), Sonangol (20%) and BP (9.5%).

Angola
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The Federal Government of Nigeria’s new 100-page National Gas Policy (NGP) sets targets for policy reforms and improvements, starting in the upstream with policies to develop gas resources. The NGP aims to encourage exploration and development of new gas supply sources from inland and offshore basins, and to develop portfolio management methodologies to prioritise low-cost gas development. New reserves would then feed a restructured gas supply industry, whose future shape is outlined in the NGP.

Nigeria
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Brussels is looking for project proposals to be funded from a new renewables-focused European Union facility to stimulate electrification projects and help fight climate change, writes François Misser.

Algeria
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The standoff between Sudan’s diffuse opposition movement and the military junta that replaced President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir in mid-April has deepened as both sides – each in their own way deeply divided – dig in. This could pose major problems for Africa and a creaking international order.While US national security adviser John Bolton was quick to condemn violence against peaceful demonstrators, Washington, former colonial power Britain, and other European states are not expected to play a defining role.

Sudan
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The Electricity Control Board (ECB) has rejected an application by NamPower to increase effective bulk tariffs for 2020-21 by 3.9%, an increase from N$1.65 ($0.11)/kWh to N$1.71/kWh. The ECB said it had especially considered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic when deciding that tariffs should not change. “In order to mitigate the impact of the tariff on consumers and the economy, especially during times when the economy is struggling, the ECB allowed an amount of N$50m from the Long Run Marginal Cost fund.

Namibia
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has earmarked €3.65bn ($4.77bn) in loans to be disbursed to Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states between 2014 and 2020, with sub-Saharan Africa a major beneficiary. Speaking to African Energy during the annual visit of ambassadors of ACP partner countries to the Bank’s Luxembourg headquarters, EIB vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa Pim van Ballekom praised recent African growth, saying: “Investing in Africa is good for Africa, of course, but also for European industries.” The €3.65bn includes €1.13bn from the European Commission, under the EIB-managed ACP-EU Investment Facility, for technical assistance programmes or interest rate subsidies. The other €2.5bn will come from the EIB’s own resources.

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The Belgian Chamber of Representatives, the lower house of the Federal Parliament, is expected to vote on a resolution on 6 December urging the government to consider sanctions against Total and SOCO International if they violate a United Nations ban on oil exploration in the Virunga National Park.

DR Congo
Issue 419 - 10 July 2020

Nigeria pushes gas agenda

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President Mohammadu Buhari officially flagged off the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project on 30 June, marking the start of construction for Nigeria’s largest gas pipeline development. The $2.8bn, 614km pipeline scheme will allow the injection of 2.2bcf/d of gas into the domestic power sector once two years of construction works are completed. Pointing to shifting global alignments, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) aims to finalise Chinese state-backed loans for the AKK project in August.

Nigeria
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Angola’s government is running short of money just as the issue of who might succeed President José Eduardo dos Santos again comes under discussion. The president raised eyebrows in early July when he said he intended to see out his term of office, and there has been increased repression of government opponents. At the same time, a leaked memo from Sonangol chairman Francisco de Lemos José Maria has sharply criticised the legacy of his predecessor Manuel Vicente, now Angolan vice-president, and spelled out the problems facing the company.

Angola