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Decarbonisation of the global energy industry should mean a massive shift from conventional thermal power and even hydroelectric power to solar, wind and other renewables, as well as nuclear power, carbon capture and storage and biofuels, write Jon Marks and David Slater

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Issue 223 - 19 January 2012

Transnet pipeline starts up

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First fuel flowed through Transnet’s new 555km multi-product pipeline, running from the Port of Durban to Jameson Park, south of Johannesburg, on 11 January

South Africa
Issue 398 - 30 August 2019

Liberia: Small hydro contractor sought

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Liberia’s Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) invites sealed bids by 25 October for the design, supply and construction of the 2.5MW Kaiha 2 small hydropower plant on the Kaiha River, near Kolahun, in Lofa County. The contract is to be financed by the World Bank under the Liberia Renewable Energy Access Project. The hydropower plant is the pilot project of the World Bank scheme, which is designed to expand access to electricity in remote areas and to promote the use of renewable energy, while reducing the use of imported fuel.

Liberia
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Dubai-based temporary power provider Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power has opened a branch office in Nairobi to serve the East Africa region. “The business activities in the East Africa region are flourishing and the economy has been thriving throughout recent years, resulting in an increased demand for power,” said general manager Peter den Boogert. “With the combined fleet of our sister company in Saudi Arabia, Altaaqa Global has approximately 1,400MW of rental power readily available so that we can focus our efforts on rapid deployment and customer satisfaction.”

Kenya
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There is a sense of relief among the South African business classes that President Jacob Zuma has appointed long-serving finance minister Trevor Manuel to a potentially critical job in his big new government. A court’s decision crushing the highly politicised trade union-led opposition to SA’s biggest listing in years, of telecoms giant Vodacom,

South Africa
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The Liberia Electricity Corporation has signed an agreement with the UK’s Dawnus International to carry out enabling works for the Mount Coffee hydropower rehabilitation project. Work will include building two cofferdams and the advance camp, as well as removal of vegetation and cleaning the powerhouse, and will be carried out by April 2014. The 64MW facility on the St Paul River was built in 1966 and extensively damaged during Liberia’s civil war. The government signed a €50m agreement with the European Investment Bank early last year to finance the rehabilitation work.

Liberia
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Operator Repsol resumed drilling of the Welwitschia-1A well in the Walvis Basin on 4 June after a series of technical problems. The well started drilling on 23 April, using the Rowan Renaissance newbuild drillship, but needed to be re-spudded 50 metres away after the wellhead housing slumped, then was further delayed by a fault in the blow-out preventer control system. Partner Tower Resources said similar problems with new drillships were not uncommon. Recent drilling has had little success, but companies with acreage offshore Namibia say that, with just 14 wells drilled to date in four basins along the 1,600km coastline, it is too early to write off the country’s potential.

Namibia
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The global campaign to provide vulnerable and marginalised communities with sustainable and affordable energy has gained considerable momentum in the past decade. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership’s target of giving electricity access to 100m more Africans by 2020, set in 2010, was exceeded by mid-decade. The United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative should achieve its target of pulling 1bn people worldwide out of energy poverty by 2030; some 500m of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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A judicial review of a decision by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board to reject an appeal by a consortium of Kenya’s TransCentury, its subsidiary Civicon and Russia’s Power Machines against a tender to lease a minimum of 50MW geothermal wellhead generation units to the Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen) has ordered that the case be thrown out with costs. KenGen signed a contract with a consortium of Toshiba and local companies RentCo and Lantech on 5 September 2015, but the deal has been held up in the courts.

Kenya
Issue 225 - 16 February 2012

Keyes receives Ovambo licence

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Jack Keyes’ Frontier Resources International has received a petroleum exploration licence for blocks 1717 and 1817 in the Ovambo Basin, and is retaining Houston neighbour Peace River Group (PRG) for technical services

Namibia
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Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for development work on the Aje field in OML 113 by Folawiyo Aje Services Limited. Ocean Installer will perform the offshore construction of the Aje Phase 1 project, including mooring buoy installation and hook-up, flowline and umbilical installation. Folawiyo Aje Services is technical adviser to field operator Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum. Offshore operations will be performed by the construction support vessel Normand Vision starting in Q1 2016.

Nigeria
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China Railway International Group has said that construction of a 132kV transmission line from the Société de Raffinage de Zinder (Soraz) refinery to Zinder, Maradi and Malbaza will be finished in three months. The Chinese company is building the line under a contract awarded by Société Nigérienne d’Electricité (Nigelec). The line is intended to take surplus power from the refinery and supply it to the Nouvelle Cimenterie du Niger cement plant which is being built at Malbaza. The transmission project is being financed with a $73.3m concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank of China signed in November 2013.

Niger
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Total’s Luiperd well on Block 11B/12B is now expected to spud in Q3 to follow up the Brulpadda discovery, slightly later than the previous spud date of June. Licence partner Africa Energy Corporation said in its Q1 results that the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig was in dry dock in Bergen for maintenance and modifications in preparation for the upcoming drilling campaign.The rig is expected to mobilise from the North Sea to South Africa in Q2 to spud the Luiperd well in Q3.“

South Africa
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Eskom was a key beneficiary of the flurry of contracts whose announcement accompanied President Nicolas Sarkozy’s state visit in February.

Kenya | South Africa
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The government is considering various options to increase the capital of Rwanda Energy Group (REG) in order to finance planned infrastructure development. Corporate communications adviser Prosper Mubera Birori told African Energy one possibility was to bring in a strategic investor who would acquire an equity stake in the group as a whole, or in REG’s Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) subsidiary, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the existing generation plants, the transmission and distribution network, and selling electricity to end-users.

Rwanda