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Despite a period of intense activity in markets such as Namibia and Nigeria, merger and acquisition deals around the continent are taking longer to get over the line, reflecting the more complex structures being adopted and the need to tap less familiar sources of funding, writes James Gavin.

Angola | Namibia | Chad | Congo Brazzaville | Gabon
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Veolia Environnement’s sale of majority interest in Casablanca’s water and electricity provider to a new state-owned regional utility is part of a wider shift towards public ownership of the sector in Morocco.

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The UK/Norway-owned IPP Globeleq has raised $99m of debt financing for Mozambique’s first wind project, adding to its southern African portfolio. Despite industry pessimism over the prospects for utility-scale projects, Globeleq is advancing a large pipeline of greenfield renewable and gas capacity in eastern and southern Africa and is bullish over the future of utility-scale projects, writes Marc Howard.

Kenya | Mozambique | Tanzania | South Africa
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Ethiopia is moving ahead with the fifth filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd), according to Egyptian officials who cited evidence from satellite imagery.

Egypt | Sudan | Ethiopia
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With African electricity supply industries in a state of flux, everyone agrees the infrastructure needed for economic development can only come from the private sector, but the existing financial and commercial models are inadequate – and a desperate need for investment in transmission only makes this financing challenge harder. Some new thinking about how to crack these problems was presented at the African Energy Forum in Barcelona, but the boldest ideas require a leap of faith, writes John Hamilton*

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A tanker loaded with 1m barrels of Libyan crude destined for China left Tobruk port in eastern Libya on 11 July. If it can take its cargo to market, a definitive boundary will have been crossed in the dismantling of National Oil Corporation (NOC)’s control over oil export and marketing – a trade already mired in allegations about the illicit exchange of oil for Chinese military drones

Libya
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President El Sisi’s cabinet reshuffle is the most significant reshaping of the energy sector’s management in nearly a decade, bringing new ministers to the oil and gas and electricity portfolios, who face daunting challenges as Egypt struggles to meet its ambitions for energy self-sufficiency and to become a regional gas and renewable power hub, writes John Hamilton.

Egypt
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South African electricity supply industry (ESI) lobbies have welcomed the creation of the Government of National Unity's new Department of Electricity and Energy (Dee) as a positive development that will enable a faster energy transition.

South Africa
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The ANC has kept control of a swathe of portfolios, as South Africa’s Government of National Unity has raised hope that the new coalition can speed reforms and implement more effective policies to tackle persistent economic challenges, write Tonderayi Mukeredzi and Jon Marks.

South Africa
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Another lesser-known UAE royal has turned up touting business in Africa, with RAK ruling family member Sheikh Ahmed Bin Faisal Al-Qassimi signing deals to develop cable manufacturing and smart electricity meter plants in Zimbabwe and an investment agreement in Uganda, writes Eleanor Gillespie.

Uganda | Zimbabwe
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has formally cancelled a $1m grant to the now-abandoned Kibera Waste Pilot plant in Nairobi, following extensive procurement problems and a breakdown in its relationship with developer Asticom Kenya.

Kenya
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Senior Kenyan officials have confirmed that the government’s moratorium on independent power projects should be lifted soon after the controversial 2024/25 budget is approved by the National Assembly. However, the passage of the finance bill has become entangled with anger over a cost-of-living crisis, with protestors storming the parliament on 25 June and even President Ruto’s apparent about-turn not calming tensions, writes Jon Marks.

Kenya
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South Africa has lost about 50% of its oil refining capacity since 2020, with three key refiners taken off line, leaving the country heavily reliant on imports for refined fuel products. Faced with a growing mismatch between local demand and supply, the authorities have been trying to encourage local and foreign investors to revive and expand the idle refineries and build new ones to ensure energy security, writes Tonderayi Mukeredzi.

South Africa
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Although unfashionable, refineries are likely to prove increasingly important to Africa’s energy security, with investors backing new downstream projects in Nigeria, Angola, Uganda and South Africa. These are expected to narrow the refined products trade imbalance in sub-Saharan Africa, where backers also highlight the role of ‘transition fuels’ such as LPG, write Marc Howard and Tonderayi Mukeredzi.

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Aliko Dangote has kept his cards close to his chest, but his 650,000 b/d refinery in Lekki, Lagos state is set to change the regional downstream balance, writes Leonard Lawal in Lagos.

Nigeria