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The World Bank’s decision not to provide guarantees to the high-profile scheme as currently configured has led to recriminations from developers and the Kenyan establishment, but the project may survive in amended form

Kenya
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Uganda Electricity Generation Company has awarded ILF Consulting Engineers a contract to provide design and consultancy services for the 44MW Muzizi hydroelectric power plant. The Munich and Innsbruck-based consultancy will review the feasibility study and optimise the design before drawing up tender documents and assisting with procurement. The company will later act as implementation engineer and supervise construction. Muzizi will be a run-of-river plant on the Muzizi River in western Uganda with a 450-metre head and 12m3/sec discharge. It is being financed by the Agence Française de Développement and German development agency KfW.

Uganda
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Zesco has drawn up plans to spend some $5bn over the next five years to expand its generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure and is now looking at ways to raise funds. But donor concerns are being raised about the sustainability of Zambia’s debt burden. Years of underinvestment in the power sector mean generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure has not kept pace with rising demand. State utility Zesco plans to spend an estimated $660m from its balance sheet this year to upgrade and expand power facilities, and a further 26.4bn kwacha ($4.7bn) over the next five years.

Zambia
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Pleas from United Nations secretary-general António Guterres for a cessation in hostilities to enable medical personnel in Libya to deal with the spread of coronavirus have been ignored. On 8 April, the UN Support Mission in Libya reported heavy shelling of a hospital in Tripoli. The perpetrators were not named but were most probably aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by the warlord Khalifa Haftar.

Libya
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Load shedding caused by the 1 November collapse of a 40-metre-high coal silo at the 4,110MW-capacity Majuba generation plant has highlighted the vulnerability of South Africa’s national power supply (see AE View). Generation output was reduced from 3.6GW to 1.8GW, and fell to 600MW the next day. As a result, more than 2GW was shed from the grid. Staff had been evacuated after a crack was reported early in the afternoon, so there were no injuries. The silo, with storage capacity of 10,000 tonnes, had undergone a civil visual inspection by an external specialist in September 2013

South Africa
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After years of political isolation, Libya has emerged from isolation by signing agreements with France, Russia, Ukraine and Canada to develop a civil nuclear energy programme.

Libya
Issue 229 - 20 April 2012

Portugal sells dam stake

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The Portuguese government has finally reached a deal to sell its remaining 15% stake in the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam on the Zambezi River

Mozambique
Issue 268 - 20 December 2013

Unfinished business as Dames quits Eskom

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Eskom has confirmed that chief executive Brian Dames will leave the beleaguered company at the end of March 2014. The move has been met with widespread concern as it follows the loss of influential chief financial officer Paul O’Flaherty in July. Dames has been at the helm since a public spat between previous chief executive Jacob Maroga and chairman Bobby Godsell in 2010 convinced the board that the utility needed new leadership (AE 175/4). Since then, Dames has been grappling with capacity constraints, major project delays and violent labour disputes at Eskom’s flagship projects, as well as a recent fatal incident at the Ingula pumped storage project site (AE 265/9).

South Africa
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Procurement for the $75m Ghana electricity distribution system reinforcement and expansion project funded by the African Development Bank will begin in October. The project has three components: reinforcement and extension of the distribution system, off-grid renewable energy electrification, and institutional development and capacity building.

Ghana
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State utility Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has launched a prequalification tender for the minimum 75MW Noor Tafilalet solar photovoltaic (PV) project, which is supported by the World Bank (AE 303/10). Companies have until 4 September to prequalify to develop, build (including civil works and equipment supply), operate and maintain (for an initial five years) three PV units on a turnkey basis. ONEE expects the plants to come on line in Q4 16 or Q1 17; if appropriate, up to 100MW can be installed.

Morocco
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The Ministry of Power has signed an agreement with India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for the development of off-grid solar independent power projects across several locations, with the first to be in Bida, Niger State.

Nigeria
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Ethiopian Electric Power is requesting expressions of interest from consultants to prepare or update feasibility studies for five hydropower plants. The work is being funded through the $122.5m African Development Bank (AfDB)-backed Mekele-Dallol and Semera-Afdera Power Supply for Industrial Development and Access Scale-up Project. Submissions are due by 8 March.Two lots are being tendered.

Ethiopia
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) board approved a senior loan of up to $150m on 2 October for a 300MW mine-mouth coal power plant at Maamba and the refurbishment of the coal mine at the site. Maamba Collieries – a joint venture of Nava Bharat Singapore Ltd (65%) and government-owned Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (35%) – is developing the project to use the low-grade coal produced as a by-product of mining at the site which is at risk of spontaneous combustion.The project is expected to cost around $800m and will comprise two 150MW units, using two 510 TPH steam generators with circulating fluidised bed combustion. It is designed with the potential to expand to 600MW.

Zambia
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CONGO-B: Transformers contract; DR CONGO: Ruzizi 1 rehab tender; ETHIOPIA: Sterlite wins EEPCo contract; TUNISIA: Rural solar project; UGANDA: ERA approves Tororo plant

DR Congo | Uganda | Ethiopia | Congo Brazzaville | Tunisia
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