African News

Major blackout in Ghana sparks anger against recently acquired power distributor

Mar 14, 2019

Power consumers in Ghana are angry at the continued power outages across the country despite a new consortium taking over it’s power distributor. Power Distribution Services, PDS Ghana Ltd under Philippines Meralco Consortium took over the previous Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) with the hope of improving distribution services. But series of blackouts since the…

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Uganda urges SMEs to partner in preparation for oil

Mar 14, 2019

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) must take advantage of prevailing investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector by forming partnerships that will deliver required services, according to Dr Elly Kuruhanga, Uganda Chamber of Mines chairman. Speaking during a Stanbic Bank enterprise conference in Kampala early this week, Dr Kuruhanga said SMEs must form…

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NEMC has approved Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project in Tanzania – DG

Mar 14, 2019

The National Environmental Management Council (Nemc) gave the thumbs up to the development of the Stiegler’s Gorge project, the agency’s director general, Mr Samwel Gwamaka has said. “Being the institution responsible for management of our environment, we ensured all environment and social impact assessments were made before this project was allowed to progress. Its implementation…

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Kenyan President signs petroleum and energy bills into law

Mar 14, 2019

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today signed three Bills thereby operationalizing them into law. The three Bills which were presented to the President at State House, Nairobi, are, The Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill 2017, The Petroleum Bill 2017 and the Energy Bill 2017. The new energy law among other things proposes the establishment of…

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ABO Wind obtains license for 10-MW solar park in Tunisia

Mar 14, 2019

ABO Wind has received another permit and a tariff for a project in Tunisia. The solar park in the governorate Gabès, approx. 400 kilometres south of the country’s capital Tunis, has a capacity of 10 megawatts. ABO Wind plans to build the project next year in close cooperation with local partners. “The solar park will…

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Gono’s Jatropha project too small to ease Zimbabwe’s fuel crisis – Central Bank Gov

Mar 14, 2019

Former RBZ Governor Gideon Gono’s $3 million jatropha project’s contribution to the country’s fuel demands was too insignificant and cannot be considered as a viable solution to current fuel shortages. This was revealed in parliament by current central bank governor John Mangudya. Mangudya was giving oral evidence before parliament’s energy committee and was asked by…

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Eni announces a major oil discovery off Angola

Mar 14, 2019

Eni announces a major oil discovery in Block 15/06, in the Agogo exploration prospect, in Angola’s deep water. The new discovery is estimated to contain between 450 and 650 million barrels of light oil in place with further upside. The Agogo-1 NFW well, which has led to the discovery, is located approximately 180 kilometers off…

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Egypt invites bids for ten offshore blocks in the Red Sea

Mar 12, 2019

On 10th March 2019, the South Valley Egyptian Petroleum Holding Company (GANOPE) announced the launch of an international bid for oil and gas exploration in 10 Offshore Exploration Blocks in the Egyptian Red Sea, for the first time, within the context of the Ministry of Petroleum’s strategy to achieve the optimum economic utilization of all…

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Tanzania’s Tanesco, neighbouring countries to connect national grids

Mar 12, 2019

The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) board of directors said it has connected the country in the northern and southern power networks. This was revealed by the Tanesco board of directors chairman, Mr Alexander Kyaruzi, during his recent tour of Iringa and Ruvuma regions where he inspected power infrastructure projects. Speaking to The Citizen, Mr…

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National Petroleum Liberia Limited launches official HQ

Mar 12, 2019

The executive director of the National Petroleum Liberia Limited, Kobi Walker says the company is here to support the economic aspirations of the government and people of Liberia, which is an expression of enduring determination to stay. Mr. Walker made the statement Friday, March 8 at the official launch of the NP Liberia Limited headquarters…

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