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Société Nationale d’Electricité (Snel) has given ABB an order worth $107m to upgrade the 1,700km Inga-Kolwezi power transmission link, one of the world’s longest electricity transmission systems. ABB will refurbish the stations that convert alternating current to direct current and back on the 560MW link it built in 1982. The link uses high-voltage direct current technology to transmit power from the Inga Falls hydropower station on the Congo River to the mining district of Katanga and enables excess power to be exported to the Southern African Power Pool.

DR Congo
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Société Nationale d’Electricité du Burkina (Sonabel) has contracted MAN Energy Solutions to supply three diesel gensets for the expansion of the Kossodo thermal power plant in Ouagadougou. The Germany-based engineering group announced on 18 June that it would supply three MAN 18V51/60TS engines to raise the capacity of the baseload plant in Kossodo, a suburb of the capital, by 55MW to 110MW, and in the process increase national generation capacity by almost 20%. Local company Tecmon BF is acting as the main contractor.

Burkina Faso
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The government has issued a general procurement notice for a study on the integration of wind facilities into the Egyptian power system and modifications to the existing wind integration grid code

Egypt
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Players in the political risk insurance (PRI) market report growing concern about the payments situation at state-owned Société Nationale de Raffinage (Sonara) and its 45,000 b/d capacity Limbe refinery. By end-2011, the refinery was owed some CFA163bn ($335m), equivalent to around 1.4% of GDP. Standard Chartered Bank said in early 2013 that “the accumulation of arrears, more than cash-flow problems, highlights deficiencies in public expenditure management”. The bank said that Sonara’s financial difficulties affected the banking system “because of its high credit concentration on this entity”.

Cameroon
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More than a month after energy and minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo promised the location of Tanzania’s planned liquefaction facility would be revealed in less than a week, no decision has been made public and rumours of an upcoming announcement swirl in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma. On 29 March, Nairobi-based daily The East African led with the story that BG Group and Statoil, both developing huge gas reserves in the country’s offshore Ruvuma Basin, had selected Likong’o-Mchinga as the best site for the project, adding provocatively that Mtwara, which was rocked by violent protests last year, had been left out in the cold.

Tanzania
Issue 202 - 04 February 2011

Niger: BOAD funds power plant expansion

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The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has agreed a loan of FCFA20bn ($41m) to the Niger government to fund the expansion of the capital’s main power plant. Capacity at the Goudel plant will be expanded to 65MW from 35MW to improve supply to the Niamey region. Most of Niger’s power comes from the Kandji dam in Nigeria, which supplies towns in the south and centre-east. Northern Niger is supplied through local production by Niger coal company Sonichar, which also supplies power to Areva’s uranium mines.

Niger
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In theory, there is a huge amount of business to be done in Libya.

Libya
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There has been progress in the campaign against Boko Haram and President Muhammadu Buhari’s flagship fight against corruption. Higher oil prices will pump more cash into the economy, helping to ease extreme foreign exchange shortages that have hurt business. A $1bn Eurobond was nearly eight times oversubscribed, the Ministry of Finance said on 9 February. But pending a major fillip for the economy (including an eventual official devaluation of the naira), the outlook for Nigeria remains patchy, with investors holding back until they see clearer signs of the direction of business and politics.

Nigeria
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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have announced the members of the advisory board and executive committee for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. The initiative is a partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched in 2011, it has set three objectives to be achieved by 2030: to provide universal access to modern energy; double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

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One region seems above all others to stubbornly buck the positive political and economic trends recorded over two decades by African Energy: it comprises the six Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (Cemac) countries and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Events in the last month, including a failed coup in Gabon and contested elections in DRC, underline Central Africa’s chronic crisis of leadership. Such political behaviours are increasingly seen as an anachronism in a world structured by social media, as well as by older social bonds and traditional patterns of coercion by elites.

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Ahead of the promised law to break up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), plans to privatise Products and Pipelines Marketing Company (PPMC) – which operates a network of petrol distribution pipelines and depots – and Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) have been shelved by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and NNPC group managing director Abubakar Lawal Yar’Adua.

Nigeria
Issue 239 - 20 September 2012

Aggreko: Major reorganisation

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Glasgow-based global power rental giant Aggreko has announced a major restructuring of its global operations, to come into effect 1 January 2013.

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Sonangol has declared Cobalt Energy International’s Zalophus-1 well on Block 20 to be a commercial gas discovery. Sonangol said in a statement the Kwanza Basin well was drilled to a depth of 5,210 metres in 1,830 metres of water and encountered a 44-metre hydrocarbon column in the pre-salt. It estimated resources at 2.8tcf of gas, as well as liquids. A deal announced in August 2015 for Cobalt to sell blocks 20 and 21 to Sonangol for $1.75bn has yet to be finalised.

Angola
Issue 285 - 25 September 2014

Chad: SNE calls in Moroccan assistance

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Société Nationale de l’Electricité (SNE) has signed an agreement with Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) for the Moroccan utility to provide technical assistance, training, maintenance of generation assets and upkeep of transport and distribution networks. The agreement was signed by SNE managing director Mahamat Cherif Senoussi during a 16 September visit to Rabat.

Chad
Issue 315 - 14 January 2016

Kiliwani North gas sales agreement

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Aminex on 13 January announced a gas sales agreement with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) for its Kiliwani North field. Gas from Kiliwani North will be supplied to the new Songo Songo processing plant. Final well preparations are being completed before testing and commissioning of the new plant, and TPDC and Aminex will agree the start of commercial operations once this is completed.

Tanzania