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A €115m loan for the New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is under appraisal at the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance a 200MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez.The loan represents 31.9% of the total cost of the plant, estimated at €360m. The government aims to increase wind energy’s share of total generation capacity to 12% by 2020, and the NREA prequalified 28 wind power projects in January.

Egypt
Issue 181 - 26 February 2010

Algeria’s solar development strategy

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Algeria’s plans for developing more solar capacity for domestic use are advanced. Although the impact of proposed projects on total installed capacity will be slight, the targets are substantial.

Algeria
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French developer Urbasolar Group launched construction of a 30MWp solar PV plant at Pâ in the Boucle du Mouhoun region in a ceremony on 1 February. The plant is being developed as a public-private partnership between the government, Urbasolar, and local partner PPS. The plant will cover an area of 35 hectares and is expected to produce 51.7GWh/yr, supplying the towns of Pâ, Wona, Houndé, Yaramoko and Boromo. Construction is expected to take ten months.

Burkina Faso
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Much remains to be done to improve levels of energy access and public services in many countries, but Southern Africa’s generation capacity is undoubtedly growing, according to African Energy Live Data. The new figures – extrapolated from Live Data’s 1,218 detailed entries for the region – show that on-grid generation capacity will have increased by 50% in the decade to 2020 if the potential of the project pipeline reported on the database is fulfilled.

Issue 231 - 18 May 2012

Taza wind farm contract

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Office National de l’Electricité (ONE) has selected a consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles, in association with Mitsui & Co, as preferred bidder for the 150MW Taza wind project.

Morocco
Issue 403 - 07 November 2019

Mozambique: EoIs for solar studies

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The French Development Agency seeks expressions of interest by 11 November for feasibility studies for two 40MWp solar PV projects in Nampula and Niassa provinces. The project sites are being selected and secured by Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), with technical assistance from the European-funded Project for Promotion of Auctions for Renewable Energies (Proler). Each site is between 120ha and 150ha and the sites are less than 6km from their respective substations.

Mozambique
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UK-based developer Globeleq announced on 3 June that the 40MWac (52MWp) Malindi solar photovoltaic project at Langobaya in Malindi district has reached financial close. India’s Sterling and Wilson is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant, which is expected online in mid-2020.Globeleq acquired 90% of the project in 2017, with the remaining 10% held by the original developer Africa Energy Development Corporation, whose partner Investment and Development of East Africa Power Group (Idea Power) sold its stake at financial close.

Kenya
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Alten Africa, a subsidiary of Spanish developer Alten Energias Renovables, announced on 13 December that it has contracted France’s Voltalia to carry out engineering, procurement and construction and operation and maintenance services for the 40MWac Kesses 1 solar photovoltaic plant near Eldoret in western Kenya.

Kenya
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Renewable energy projects are making progress as the industry waits for a government decision on whether to increase the capacity allocated to the third round of the renewable energy independent power producers procurement programme (REIPPP) and the outcome of public consultation for the revised Integrated Resource Plan (AE 268/5). While energy minister Dikobe Ben Martins barely mentioned the issue in a speech to the Energy Leaders’ Roundtable on 11 February, an extended third bid round for concentrated solar power is due to take place in March. Bid registration will take place on 3 March with submissions due on 31 March.

South Africa
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The Zimbabwean State Procurement board has announced the winners of three contracts to build 100MW solar photovoltaic power plants in the country. Local company Intratrek Zimbabwe and its engineering, procurement and construction partner China’s Chint Electric are set to develop a plant near Gwanda. The other winners are China’s ZTE Corporation, which will develop a plant near Insukamini, and Number 17 Metallurgical China, with a plant near Munyati. The projects are believed to be worth $160m-200m each. Construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

Zimbabwe
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Cyprus-based Karo Mining Holdings will partner Mauritian independent power producer Argentum Energy to roll out a phased 300MW solar power plant in the Chegutu platinum mining area. Karo is developing a large-scale, vertically integrated platinum group metals (PGM) mining complex, which will include a platinum mine, a refinery and a coal mine. The project is being developed in partnership with the government of Zimbabwe under an Investment Project Framework Agreement signed on 22 March 2018.

Zimbabwe
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Enel Green Power has started production from the 66MW Tom Burke solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Limpopo province. The plant was awarded in the third round of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme, and brings Enel’s installed capacity in South Africa to nearly 160MW.

South Africa
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American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (ACEI), part of publicly traded private equity company American Capital Ltd, has announced that it will invest €76m ($85m) in a project to develop a 151.8MW wind farm in Senegal. The wind farm will be located in Taiba Ndiaye, around 75km north-east of Dakar, and will cost an estimated €305m. French wind and solar power developer Sarreole will retain a minority stake. The balance of the funding is anticipated from senior and mezzanine lenders. ACEI director of Africa investments Lisa Pinsley told African Energy the project aimed to reach financial close towards the end of the year.

Senegal
Issue 325 - 10 June 2016

Chinese to build Busanga dam

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The government on 6 June signed an agreement with a Chinese consortium to build the 240MW Busanga hydro scheme. The dam will be built on the Upper Congo River in Katanga province, downstream from two existing hydro plants, primarily to supply Société Sino-Congolaise des Mines (Sicomines). Moïse Ekanga, director of the China-DRC cooperation office, said construction was expected to take five years. The Sicomines joint venture and the Busanga hydro scheme are part of a cooperation agreement signed with Beijing in 2007.

DR Congo
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The Ethiopian government has announced ambitious plans to expand its generation capacity to 37,000MW by 2037 from 2,300MW now, to meet growing domestic demand and supply the region. Ethiopia already exports 60MW to Djibouti and 100MW to Sudan, and is constructing a 500kV interconnection with Kenya, capable of exporting 2,000MW. However, under the new programme, the government aims to export 4,000MW to nine countries in the region, potentially expanding its network of clients to the Southern African Power Pool and countries in North Africa. Aimed at turning Ethiopia into a middle-income country by 2023, the Growth and Transformation Plan seeks to double access rates, increasing the number of Ethiopians connected to the grid to 4m and expanding electricity services to 75% of towns and villages.

Ethiopia