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The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to lend €125m ($131m) to Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) to renovate its power-generating system.  

Mozambique
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United States-based Bitgreen is reportedly aiming to raise $10m-20m in debt financing for the 27MW Betmai hydroelectric power (HEP) project, using its blockchain fundraising platform.

Sierra Leone
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Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo is looking to arrest the decline in its maturing crude oil acreage, which threatens Republic of Congo’s main source of income, but the national oil company’s biggest priority is to build up its natural gas resources, managing director Maixent Raoul Ominga told James Gavin.

Congo Brazzaville
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Governors of the country’s 36 states have taken legal action to stop the federal government privatising five of the ten power plants developed under the Nigerian Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) initiative.

Nigeria
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New regulations have been released for the off-grid energy sector in Mozambique, in an effort to unlock more private sector investment and accelerate the development of off-grid technologies.

Mozambique
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Commercial and industrial (C&I) power has experienced a tremendous boom in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), as companies look for alternatives to failing state utilities, not least in the continent’s largest economies South Africa and Nigeria.

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Cairo has got much of what it wanted from the COP27 climate-fest in Sharm El Sheikh, with $85bn of green hydrogen and renewable power mega-deals that have focused attention and foreign investment on a centrepiece of President Sisi’s economic strategy, Egypt’s energy hub concept. African Energy has analysed proposals from nine investment partners to calculate how much wind and solar generation capacity will be needed to produce green ammonia equivalent to 10% of current global production, which Egypt says it is ‘harvesting’, writes John Hamilton.

Egypt
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Commercial and industrial power developers see room for continued rapid growth in key African markets, with evolving deal structures proving competitive compared to unreliable and expensive grid electricity. C&I’s ascent is driving innovation in the terms of power purchase agreements and the profile of offtakers, write Tonderayi Mukeredzi and Marc Howard.

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Renewable energy developer Darway Coast Nigeria has raised a seven-year, fixed-rate local currency debt facility for a mini-grid programme in southern Nigeria, in the first transaction backed by the Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company (Infracredit)’s Clean Energy Funding Programme (CEFP).

Nigeria
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The unveiling of a number of major initiatives to help mitigate climate change, start moving towards offering ‘loss and damage’ support and stimulating carbon markets and other financing mechanisms was a feature of the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El Sheikh. African Energy takes a closer look at The Bridgetown Initiative, Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa, African Carbon Markets Initiative and The Transforma Platform.

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It was supposed to be all about implementation and Africa, but the COP27 climate summit ended on 20 November amid disharmony and a failure to agree more cuts in fossil fuel use. However, a series of initiatives were launched that might not have gained as much media attention but which could help African countries match their development needs with clean energy ambitions, writes John Hamilton, recently in Sharm El Sheikh.

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After years of futile exploration, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the discovery of oil in Bauchi and Gombe states in north-eastern Nigeria, just as his administration enters its final period in office. However, there is considerable scepticism about an announcement that could allow fragile northern states to tap into additional federal funding, writes Adaora Elemide in Abuja.

Nigeria
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The Zambian authorities appear to have backed down in a long-running dispute with the country’s major mining companies over electricity tariffs, by agreeing to reverse a 2014 hike in charges. Since coming into power in August 2021, President Hakainde Hichilema has signalled a desire to end the dispute and allow the sector to reassert its role as the main contributor to the economy.

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Global Alliance for People and Planet and the Norwegian government have pledged more funding to support the development of solar power in Sahel countries.

Niger | Chad | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Djibouti | Eritrea | Burkina Faso | Mali
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Zesco chairman Vickson Ncube has said achieving cost- reflective tariffs (CRTs) should not be done at the expense of making electricity too expensive for key groups such as copper miners and ordinary consumers.

Zambia