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Resource hungry China has given Ghana a $15bn package of loans for energy and other infrastructure, raising fresh expectations that Kosmos’ Jubilee stake will end up in Chinese hands

Ghana
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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.

Gambia
Issue 195 - 08 October 2010

Wade gives energy portfolio to his son

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President Abdoulaye Wade has sacked energy minister Samuel Sarr and given the job to his son Karim after street protests over the latest wave of load shedding.

Senegal
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On 27 July, Sudan’s oil ministry informed oil companies that it had put back the scheduled date for shutting down the oil export pipelines from 7 August to 22 August. The decision followed a request from African Union (AU) mediator Thabo Mbeki and the Chinese government to allow more time for negotiations between Juba and Khartoum. South Sudan only resumed oil production in April after a 15-month closure of the pipeline network, and the extension is the latest in a series of twists and turns that have made the outcome of negotiations difficult to read.

South Sudan | Sudan
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Rare is the Inga contract that is signed on time, and even rarer is its implementation, but according to officials in Kinshasa, the governments of Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa should finally sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the sale of electricity from the future Inga III hydroelectric dam to Eskom when President Jacob Zuma visits Kinshasa in late October. DRC Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity officials announced on 27 September that Kinshasa was about to conclude its much-anticipated PPA with South Africa for the sale of 2,500MW from Inga III. This would allow for construction to start in October 2015. The DRC government anticipates the plant’s inauguration in 2020-21, with Eskom purchasing more than half of Inga III’s projected 4,800MW capacity. Katanga-based mining industries would take 1,300MW, while the rest of the vast country, including Kinshasa, would take the remaining 1,000MW.

DR Congo | South Africa
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A potentially radical shift in major donors’ provision of overseas development assistance (ODA) is reflected in more funds being channelled into projects intended to stimulate business and reinforce security, rather than following the stricter definition of aid agreed over many years within the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) structure. Where aid flows have increased in the past year, in France and Germany for example, this has been linked to governments allocating ODA to their domestic spending on migrants, rather than to traditional development projects.

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The economy grew by only 1.9% in 2010 after shrinking by 0.3% in 2009. But, if stability can be maintained, it is forecast to be among Africa’s biggest GDP growth plays in coming years, writes Jon Marks

Guinea
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Diplomatic tension between Egypt and Ethiopia has risen in recent weeks as negotiations have stalled over the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) and the potential effect it will have on the reallocation of Nile River water rights. If the current rate of construction continues, the testing of power generation could begin next year, but technical studies on the best way to begin the water storage process have not yet been agreed.

Egypt | Ethiopia
Issue 411 - 12 March 2020

Zimbabwe: ZETDC raises tariffs again

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Faced with a tumbling local currency and soaring inflation, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC) has increased the price of electricity by 19% from 1 March. The increase is the second in six months, following a 200% rise in October 2019. Announcing the increase in late February, ZETDC managing director Ralph Katsande said the new tariffs would ensure the ailing utility could continue to import electricity. He said ZETDC would use a monthly tariff indexation formula, taking account of fundamentals such as the exchange rate and inflation.

Zimbabwe
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The AfDB will return to its original home in Abidjan, it was agreed during its late May Marrakech meeting, but African Energy understands that fewer staff will be based there than in earlier years, reflecting their dispersal to an increasing number of regional offices and the recognition that the Tunis headquarters building will still have a role.


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Alongside its decision to recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the “sole governmental authority” in Libya, the UK government has consolidated Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco)’s position as a national oil corporation in waiting

Libya
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Finance minister Felix Mutati has said the government will pull out of the procurement of finished petroleum products next year. In his budget address to parliament on 11 November, Mutati announced that, to improve the efficiency of fuel imports and rein in the surging fiscal deficit, procurement of finished petroleum products will be undertaken solely by private companies from March 2017. “The government’s role will be limited to regulation… regarding pricing, the government will adjust prices in line with changes in market conditions,” Mutati said.

Zambia
Issue 243 - 15 November 2012

Nigerian power ministry reshuffle

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President Goodluck Jonathan on 1 November announced a minor cabinet reshuffle, swapping minister of state for power Darius Dickson Ishaku with minister of state for Niger Delta affairs Hajiya Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi. The move comes only two months after the resignation of Professor Barth Nnaji as power minister, after which Ishaku stood in as the senior minister on an interim basis.

Nigeria
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An agreement on maritime jurisdiction areas signed by the head of the Libyan Government of National Accord’s Presidency Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in late November has provoked furious responses from the governments of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus and has dragged Libya into the intractable geopolitical morass of the eastern Mediterranean.Important elements of the accord are not yet clear. For instance, it is not yet obvious whether it is a memorandum of understanding or an actual treaty.

Libya
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Is anyone listening to National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman Mustafa Sanalla? He has issued repeated appeals to the international community to change its approach to the crisis in Libya to help his institution to better carry out its functions and to protect the interests of the Libyan people.At Chatham House in January, he described NOC as “the best guarantee that Libya will remain as a unitary state” and called for the international community to support its independence.

Libya