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As the anniversary of Sudan’s 25 October 2021 coup approaches, General Abdel-Fatah Burhan’s efforts to re-establish a military-led framework that can secure western funding while also keeping ties with powerful Russian and Gulf allies continues with little expectation of imminent success. That is bad news for a country whose eviscerated economy was hoping for lift-off last year, as the United States began to wind down sanctions and allow debt relief.

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An early September judgement confirming the Eastern Cape High Court’s rejection of Shell’s attempt to conduct seismic surveys along South Africa’s eastern coast will leave the government – and oil companies – with plenty of food for thought, as South Africa and many other countries look to produce more hydrocarbons in sensitive environments, James Gavin writes.

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Progress in Kenya's energy sector has been mixed under President Uhuru Kenyatta. His successor will inherit an electricity supply industry (ESI) lacking strong unifying leadership at troubled utility Kenya Power – which is part-way through a turnaround – and at the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), as well as strained relations with many private investors. Other items in the next government’s in-tray will be the long-delayed auctions for renewable energy (RE) projects, as well as power market deregulation and implementation of the net-metering policy.

Kenya
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The government is expected pay debts owed by Liberia Electricity Corporation to Côte d’Ivoire, clearing the way for Liberia to start receiving power through the Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea (CLSG) transmission line. The move comes as Monrovia seeks a new approach to LEC’s management and funds to repair the Mount Coffee hydroelectric plant.

Liberia
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With demand falling due to Covid-19 and an election scheduled for 22 November, IPPs in Burkina Faso have been working hard to ensure their projects are at the front of the queue. Solar PV has been a major beneficiary, with a spate of groundbreaking ceremonies in the run up to polling day, writes Dan Marks.

Burkina Faso
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Changes to the regulations on which power plants need to have a generation licence have been hailed as the most significant change for the industry in a generation, but investors are still trying to assess what the possibilities might be, writes Dan Marks.

South Africa
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The African Development Bank’s African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) on 28 May signed a $400,000 agreement with Gambia to provide legal assistance in negotiations for independent power projects, transmission schemes and distribution upgrades in the Greater Banjul area. The agreement was signed during the Bank’s annual meetings in Marrakech, where strengthening African governments and utilities’ negotiating capacity has been a prominent theme. The ALSF was created to provide technical legal assistance to strengthen countries’ legal and negotiation capacities in matters pertaining to infrastructure, natural resources and investment agreements.

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Zambia’s government announced on 19 November that it had approved the establishment of a creditworthy renewable energy intermediary power offtaker, facilitating the establishment of GreenCo in the country. The intermediary offtaker will sit between Zesco and IPPs, providing a better credit risk to banks by offering risk mitigation and the right to sell power elsewhere in the event of a default.

Zambia
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In the latest twist in the difficult relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, Khartoum has vowed to close its pipeline infrastructure to South Sudanese oil, just three months after an agreement was reached to resume exports after a 15-month hiatus. But there is still scope for an agreement before the shutdown is implemented, sources in Juba and Khartoum tell African Energy.

South Sudan | Sudan
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Angered by lengthy and unpredictable power cuts, armed groups in Tripoli are using force to divert electricity to their own neighbourhoods, breaching one of the final taboos of national belonging as they do so. On two occasions these attacks have obliged the Man-Made River (MMR) to stop pumping, depriving the capital city of water for several days each time.Throughout the summer, outages caused either by armed intervention or the failure of poorly maintained equipment have become an almost daily occurrence.

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Markets rallied to a narrative of growth and continuity as Jubilee Coalition candidate Uhuru Kenyatta was declared Kenya’s president, beating the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord) candidate Raila Odinga by 832,887 votes and taking 50.07% of the total, which was sufficient for Kenya to avoid a second round of polling. Most reports focused on largely peaceful polls – in which ‘only’ a dozen or so people were reported killed in ‘isolated incidents’ – and the prospects for growth as Kenya emerges from its traditionally traumatic election period.

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It says something for the political climate – and the power of social media – that Reuters on 2 December ran a story headlined: “Nigeria’s Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike.” It quoted President Muhammadu Buhari telling diaspora Nigerians in Poland, where he was attending COP24 climate talks: “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.” He was referring to internet rumours that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese-born body double.

Nigeria
Issue 404 - 21 November 2019

EIB move reflects climate (policy) change

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) announcement that it will stop funding fossil fuel projects by end-2021 has caused a stir in several sectors, including among grid-scale renewables developers who argue that in the current phase of Africa’s carbon transition, hydrocarbons-based schemes may still be most appropriate to balance grids. For a major multilateral that has been a key financier of Mediterranean gas pipelines and other carbon-economy infrastructure, the move is a radical shift.

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The advisory ruling that the UK’s sovereignty claim over the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean is illegal, voted 13-1 by judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 25 February, was a triumph for Chagossians exiled in the mid-1960s in a discredited deal that led to Mauritius’ independence from the UK and Diego Garcia’s conversion into a US military base in 1971.

Issue 250 - 14 March 2013

Governance: EITI delists Gabon

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The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) board has delisted Gabon for failing to file its validation report by the December deadline. The board also suspended Sierra Leone and Mauritania. Having been granted previous extensions, Gabon was required to submit a validation report by 9 December 2012. The report arrived nine weeks after the deadline, on 15 February, but the validator found that Gabon had failed to meet seven out of 21 requirements.

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