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Issue 339 - 02 February 2017

Nuclear power committee set up


The government has inaugurated a strategic steering committee for the nuclear power programme, which was established by a decree from the prime minster, Brigi Rafini, on 23 November 2016. Rafini will chair the committee, which is charged with examining and guiding policies and strategies for the implementation of projects, and with overseeing the national technical committee.“The interrelated issues of energy security, climate change and the development of our natural resources must inform and enlighten us in the search for ways and means to facilitate people’s access to sustainable energy services, guarantee energy security, and build a dynamic and competitive industrial sector,” Rafini said in a speech to the inauguration ceremony.


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.


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.

South Africa

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.

Project bulletin

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.


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

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