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Issue 335 - 24 November 2016

Ghana: Eni to evaluate solar project

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Eni Ghana has signed a cooperation agreement with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (Sada) for the joint evaluation of renewable energy opportunities, including assessing the technical and economic viability of a 20MW-50MW solar PV plant in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NESZ). Sada is an independent statutory corporation mandated to produce a framework for developing the NESZ. Eni has been active in Ghana since 2009, operating the offshore Cape Three Points development licence and more recently the Cape Three Points Block 4 exploration licence.

Ghana
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No one doubts Dr Rilwanu Lukman’s pedigree in the Nigerian oil industry, but his return as oil minister last year, formalising his central role in shaping the Yar’Adua administration’s policy,

Nigeria
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Italy’s Enel Green Power and its lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor TerniEnergia have announced that the 75MW Paleisheuwel solar photovoltaic plant has begun operating in the Western Cape, near Bergvaley. The facility, which was selected as a preferred bidder in the third round of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme, is expected to produce more than 153GWh/yr. TerniEnergia Projects, a South African registered subsidiary of Italy’s TerniEnergia (80%) and South Africa’s Pele Green Energy (20%), began work on the project in March 2015.

South Africa
Issue 152 - 12 December 2008

Cash-rich Libyans go for Eni stake

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The emergence of a new Libyan fund as a vehicle for acquiring a substantial minority stake in Italy’s Eni shows the cash-rich Jamahiriya mobilising to take best advantage of the global financial crisis, writes John Hamilton. The Libyan Energy Fund (LEF), an institution which has not acted publicly before now, on 6 December announced in a joint statement with the Italian government..

Libya
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No one was seriously expecting that President Lansana Conté’s death would be followed by a smooth democratic transition, and the coup carried out by young officers supported by army chief General Mamadouba Toto Camara was not exactly a surprise.

Guinea
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Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (Man) has entered into a partnership with US-based West-Pac Electrical Nigeria to install 2,000MW in the Lagos industrial area by 2013. The initial plan to build five industrial clusters around the commercial capital will make the first 400MW available before December 2010, West-Pac said.

Nigeria
Issue 174 - 13 November 2009

CIF: $1.1bn for clean technology

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Africa's efforts to invest in clean energy have been given a boost with six countries to receive $1.1bn in new financing. Mozambique, Niger and Zambia will each receive up to $50m-70m under the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund (CIF) initiative.

Mozambique | Niger | Zambia
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President Salva Kiir’s dramatic sacking of his cabinet removes two key critics of the South Sudan leader who were also leading figures in negotiations with the north over oil exports, raising fears that talks could be affected as another deadline looms. Kiir dismissed his entire administration on 23 July in a sudden move that he claimed was driven by the need to clamp down on corruption and reduce the number of cabinet posts. Vice president Riek Machar was sacked, and Pagan Amum, secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), was suspended. Both have been critical of Kiir, provoking suggestions that the reshuffle was politically motivated.

South Sudan
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The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida) plans to float a diaspora bond in Zimbabwe and Zambia to raise part of the funding required for the construction of the 2,400MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric power plant in the Zambezi River Basin. The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) will visit Ethiopia in March to study and replicate how the country has used the bonds to fund the construction of its 6,000MW Grand Renaissance Dam. ZRA is a statutory company jointly owned by Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
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In this still young century, China has emerged as by far Africa’s biggest economic partner, establishing a vast footprint across the continent at breakneck speed. As many ties with the west have declined – especially following the 2008-09 global financial crisis – Chinese engagement shows no sign of diminishing. This will be underlined when heads of state gather in Beijing for the next Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit in September.

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BP new find on Block 31; Pazflor topsides contract for KBR; Apache find in Western Desert; Circle farms into NW Gemsa; Gulf of Suez farm-in opportunity; Rig and vessel contracts; EPSA-4 block signed by RWE Dea; Sasol awards offshore drilling contract; Block 1711 drilling

Mozambique | Egypt | Angola | Namibia | Libya
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It has been a season of fundraising and new partnerships in the off-grid sector. The latest announcement, this time from Greenlight Planet, illustrates the growing scale of private investment into the sector. The company raised $60m in debt and equity, as well as announcing a partnership with a new investor, London-based private equity company Apis Partners, to focus on developing a range of products with in-built pay-as-you-go (PAYG) technology, the latest in a stream of specialist investors into the sector.

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Amid the (literal) gloom, South Africa’s one widely acknowledged energy success of recent years has been its renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme, which was driven by the National Treasury and its dynamic private sector specialist Karen Breytenbach, who now heads the Department of Energy’s IPP Office. REIPPP made Breytenbach an industry star, so it was of little surprise that she presided over the 8-11 June Africa Energy Forum’s most packed meeting, launching the Facilitating Investment in Renewable Small Transactions (First) programme.

South Africa
Issue 382 - 06 December 2018

Algeria: Investment at home and abroad

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Sonatrach and Turkey’s Ronesans Holding have announced they are to invest $1.2bn-$1.3bn to build a polypropylene plant in Ceyhan industrial zone in southern Turkey. Ronesans chairman Erman Ilicak said the plant would produce 450,000 t/yr of polypropylene, with propane gas to be supplied by Sonatrach under a 15-year contract.The contract points to a shift in strategy by Sonatrach, which earlier this year announced a refinery project in Italy, which will take Algerian feedstock.

Algeria
Issue 336 - 08 December 2016

Morocco: EPC signed for Noor solar

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Sterling and Wilson has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 170MW first phase of the Noor solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme. The Noor PV I programme, being developed by a consortium led by Acwa Power, will consist of three projects: Noor Ouarzazate IV, with a capacity of around 70MW, Noor Laayoune (80MW) and Noor Boujdour (20MW). This is the first solar PV phase of the Noor Solar Plan, which has already seen three major concentrated solar power projects in Ouarzazate.

Morocco