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The World Bank Group (WBG) is financing the development of four small solar PV projects through its Renewable Energy and Improved Utility Performance Project. The projects include a 1.3MW plant on Fogo island, 1.2MW on Santo Antão island, 400kW on Maio island and 400kW on São Nicolau island. The WBG will also provide technical assistance for the privatisation and restructuring of energy utility Electra.

Cape Verde
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Ngodwana Mill’s biomass energy plant in Mpumalanga province came on stream in March, with capacity to burn up to 35 t/hr of biomass to generate steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity which is fed into the national grid, shareholder Sappi Southern Africa spokesperson Zelda Schwalbach told African Energy.

South Africa
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Eswatini Electricity Company is inviting proposals to supply gas for a planned large combined cycle power plant, despite issues surrounding feedstock imports. Submissions are due by 27 May.

eSwatini (Swaziland)
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The World Bank Group (WBG) has launched a tender for consultants to conduct feasibility studies on four solar photovoltaic plants to be developed near Bissau, Gabu, Cacheu and Bafata. Expression of interests are due to be submitted by 25 May.  

Guinea-Bissau
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While the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has reported progress with plans to sell at least some of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) gas-fired plants, opposition to the privatisation from state governments and other lobbies continues. Nigerian government sources have told African Energy the sales process has stalled with no immediate sign of a breakthrough.

Nigeria
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Independent power producers (IPPs) have agreed to lower the price at which they sell electricity to Zambia's state power utility Zesco, according to energy minister Peter Kapala.

Zambia
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Mining giant Anglo American has unveiled a 2MW hydrogen-battery truck at its Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGM) mine in Limpopo province, as it moves to replace diesel engines with hydrogen fuel cells.

South Africa
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The Zondo Commission has finally published the key volumes of part IV of the State Capture Commission Report, detailing the Gupta brothers’ takeover of South Africa’s energy sector. A range of people have been identified as potentially guilty of criminal offences, writes Dan Marks.

South Africa
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Sun King – the rebranded Greenlight Planet – has raised $260m in a funding round. The series D round attracted major private institutional investors. The fundraising was seen by some observers as a vote of confidence in the solar home system industry, which has suffered negative press in recent months over alleged sharp business practices and continues to face questions about the sustainability of business models.

Kenya | Nigeria
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The first units of the three gas-fired power plants under construction in Tripoli, Misrata and Tobruk will shortly be commissioned, according to statements from General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol).

Libya
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With blackouts raging, South African efforts to bring new capacity online face global headwinds. Both the latest Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPP5) and the Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMIPPP) are being hampered by rising component and engineering costs.

South Africa
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Power trader Africa GreenCo has raised a further $15.5m with the aim of backing up to 110MW of new solar PV capacity. GreenCo is the first member of the Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP) market participant category and aims to procure renewable power to sell directly to industrial consumers or trade on SAPP markets.

Zambia
Issue 460 - 12 May 2022

Bboxx in talks to buy PEG Africa

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Media reports that off-grid solar company Bboxx has acquired PEG Africa are inaccurate, African Energy understands, but discussions over a possible continue

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Project bulletin

The Kumasi waste-to-power plant will pioneer changes in off-grid energy development and waste management in Ghana. Installed with pyrolysis technology, the hybrid plant is supported by the German government.

Ghana
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Kibo Energy has extended the deadline for its takeover of the 100MW Chidome Solar PV project (also known as Victoria Falls Solar Park) in Zimbabwe for a second time.

Zimbabwe