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Issue 199 - 03 December 2010

Majors absent from STP’s EEZ round


Six companies have bid for the seven blocks offered in the licensing round for São Tomé e Príncipe’s Exclusive Economic Zone

São Tomé & Príncipe

France’s Solar Euromed has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Mining for the development, construction and operation of a 2,000MW solar power programme to be implemented over the next decade.


Cape Town-based Africa Energy Corporation has obtained a two-year renewal of its exploration right for Block 2B and aims to drill an exploration well in 2019. Vice-president exploration Jan Maier said in a statement the renewal would enable the company to launch operations for the second exploration period. “We have recently identified additional prospectivity and potential drilling locations on Block 2B using the previously acquired 3D seismic.

South Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is considering financing a 26.8MWp solar photovoltaic power plant, which would be Burkina Faso’s first independent power producer (IPP) project. The proposed investment includes an A loan of up to €12m ($13.3m) and risk management products (interest and cross currency swaps), according to project documents published on the IFC website on 20 September. In addition, IFC intends to mobilise the remaining balance of the debt required for the project, including a senior concessional loan of up to €10m from IFC as implementing entity of the IFC-Canada Climate Change Programme.

Burkina Faso

According to a presentation of Egyptian Electricity Holding Company’s financial results delivered by its chairman Jaber El-Desouki on 10 May in Cairo, approximately 2GW of extra capacity is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2019, taking total installed capacity to 57,424MW. This official calculation confirms the projected oversupply of power described in analyses of the pipeline from African Energy Live Data published in October and December last year.


Nigeria’s future upstream oil and gas projects are being put at risk by a surge in rebel attacks in the troubled Niger Delta and confusion surrounding the government’s energy policy.


In a substantial step forward for the Lake Turkana wind project, Spanish construction and energy group Isolux Corsán announced on 10 April that it had won a €142m ($185m) contract to build a 428km 400kV transmission line connecting it to the grid.


Relationships with China have become and will remain a defining feature of most African states’ economic and geopolitical relations. Those relations are not always easy, as reflected in the popular anger at Beijing’s handling of the thousands of African students and traders stranded by coronavirus. Tensions have been rising over many countries’ mounting debts. As Covid-19 drives global recession, China’s reluctance to join the International Monetary Fund and Paris Club in negotiating transparent long-term debt relief is a concern.


Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE) has invited prequalification applications by 30 November for an engineering, procurement and construction contract for a 44MW hydropower plant on the Bandama River. The Singrobo-Ahouaty project, 140km north of Abidjan, will comprise a 23.5 metre-high, 1.25km-long dam, 25 metre-long penstocks with a five-metre diameter, a water intake structure, a spillway, a 1.4km tailrace channel and a powerhouse equipped with two vertical Kaplan turbines.

Côte d'Ivoire

UK-based Solarcentury announced in late March that it had completed two rural mini-grids at Areza (1.25MWp) and Maidma (1MWp). The mini-grids use solar photovoltaic modules with Tesla lithium batteries and back-up diesel generators from Caterpillar. Construction took eight months and the grids will now be operated by the Eritrean Electricity Company, whose staff have been trained by Solarcentury.

Issue 250 - 14 March 2013

RWE assets up for sale


German utility RWE’s decision to sell its wholly owned upstream subsidiary RWE Dea presents an opportunity to acquire a portfolio of North Africa assets including production in Egypt, pending developments in Algeria and Libya and exploration rights in all three countries as well as in Mauritania. The company also has licences in a handful of European countries as well as in Trinidad and Tobago and Turkmenistan.

Egypt | Libya | Algeria

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will hold its second high-level meeting on 12-13 February 2014, in Addis Ababa. One of eight Joint Africa-European Union Strategic Partnerships created in 2007 – and by most accounts the most dynamic – the AEEP will use the meeting to put forward priorities for action that will feed into preparations for the planned Africa-EU Summit meeting, scheduled to be held in Brussels on 2-3 April. The meeting will unveil the AEEP’s First Monitoring Report (for which African Energy publisher Cross-border Information is consultant), showing progress made towards meeting targets for generation, energy security, access and energy efficiency.


Technip has selected Emerson Process Management as the main supplier of control valves for the Algiers refinery rehabilitation and adaptation project. The refinery is being upgraded to increase crude oil processing capacity and ensure gasoline can be produced at specifications similar to those used in Europe. Emerson will supply some 600 of its Fisher control valves and regulators.


The Virunga National Park will be able to generate a total of 13MW by year-end with the expected inauguration of a second hydropower station financed by the US Howard G Buffett Foundation. The aim of the promoters is to show that the park can provide viable economic alternatives to planned oil exploitation. The 12.6MW Matebe-Rudahiga hydropower station on the Rutshuru River, financed by the foundation with up to $19.7m, is the second hydropower plant in the park, following the January 2014 inauguration of the much smaller 0.4MW Mutwanga hydropower station financed by the European Union (EU).

DR Congo

While Sonatrach’s dispute with the former Gassi Touil integrated liquefied natural gas project partners Repsol YPF and Gas Natural moves towards international arbitration, the state energy company is moving forward in plans to develop the complex scheme itself, using international engineering and services companies to carry out key parts of the work. In a major step forward, a consortium of Petr