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Total Eren and Cairo-based Enara Capital’s agreement to develop a green ammonia plant in the Suez Canal Development Zone (SCZone) is the sixth Egyptian green hydrogen (GH2) project to be agreed in the past three months. With Masdar, EDF, Amea Power, Maersk and Scatec already pursuing schemes, the pace at which these deals are being put in place demonstrates Egypt’s determination to establish a leading position in GH2 exploitation – and to make this part of a broader energy hub strategy.

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Sub-Saharan African countries flared 12.15bcm of natural gas in 2021, according to newly-released data from the World Bank Group’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), the equivalent of 32.4m tonnes of CO2 and $1.4bn worth of gas sales.

Ghana | Angola | Nigeria
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As African countries seek to use their resources more productively, cobalt may be a prime example of a natural resource, now only exported as a raw material, that could spur industrialisation. But much depends on whether weak governments in host countries can manage such a transition.

DR Congo
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Tensions in implementing an $8.5bn package agreed at COP26 in November to help South Africa decarbonise its power sector illustrate many of the problems around climate change and finance in emerging countries.  

South Africa
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The Opec Fund for International Development (Ofid) is expanding its Energy Compact partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) to accelerate access to clean cooking, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Arguments are intensifying over climate justice, the very meaning of climate finance, the role of gas as a transition fuel and – most of all – money. The combination of which means a ‘just energy transition’ that enables African nations to meet economic development targets seems a long way off.

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Recent wide-ranging diplomatic efforts have been directed at trying to set up Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) with developing countries. But it is still far from certain which countries (if any) will sign up, and what commitments wealthy nations can make to ensure success.

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One of the most ambitious claims to emerge from COP26 was that substantial public financing commitments from wealthy nations would unlock a much larger amount of international and domestic private finance. But numbers reviewed by African Energy reveal that there is a staggeringly large finance gap to bridge in Africa.

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Amea Power’s memorandum of understanding with a strategic group of Egyptian state entities places the UAE-based power developer among a small but growing number of investors contributing to building a green hydrogen hub at the southern entrance of the Suez Canal

Egypt
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and its partners are planning to create what they call the world’s largest mini-grid market in Nigeria, using the new Leveraging Energy Access Finance (Leaf) financing model to support the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)’s Nigeria Electrification Programme (NEP).

Kenya | Ghana | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Guinea
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The German-backed Nitric Acid Climate Action Group (Nacag) is financing fertiliser manufacturer Sable Chemicals project to design, install and commission nitrous oxide (N20) abatement technology and emissions monitoring equipment at its plants in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe. Sable has launched a tender with a bid deadline on 14 June.

Zimbabwe
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A High Court ruling left critical questions unanswered over the UK government’s proposed $1.15bn funding for the Area 1 liquefied natural gas scheme in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The Court of Appeal will now be asked to decide on what could provide an important legal precedent for export credit financing, writes James Gavin

Mozambique
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London AIM-listed Savannah Energy has joined the trend for independent oil companies (IOCs) to follow their larger peers’ move into renewable energy (RE), with the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a 250MW wind project in Niger. It is understood the project that will emerge is likely to be much smaller than the announced amount.

Niger
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Washington-based social impact project developer C-Quest Capital (CQC) has secured significant new finance for its deployment of clean cooking stoves in sub-Saharan Africa, in the latest sign of growing interest in the sector.

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Less than three weeks after Norway’s Scatec signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop an export-focused green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has signed an MoU with exactly the same team of key institutions to explore the establishment of large-scale green fuel production in the zone

Egypt