African News

Shell, Exxon Mobil mull re-entry into Somalia’s upstream oil sector

Jun 28, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil are looking to re-enter the market in Somalia ahead of an oil block bid round taking place later this year, the country’s oil ministry said in a statement. Shell and Exxon Mobil had a joint venture there prior to the toppling of Dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in the early…

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TeraSun Energy set to invest N$900m on 50MW solar park in Namibia

Jun 27, 2019

Independent power producer TeraSun Energy is set to invest N$900 million for the construction of a 50-megawatt solar photovoltaic power park. TeraSun, a subsidiary of Natura Energy, will construct the project under the modified single buyer (MSB) model introduced by the Electricity Control Board (ECB), and approved by Cabinet in April. According to the ECB,…

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Azuri launches PayGo solar satellite TV in Zambia

Jun 27, 2019

Azuri Technologies, a leading provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid households across Africa, has officially launched its 24-inch solar satellite television and home lighting system in Zambia at the British High Commission in Lusaka. The TV launch in Zambia comes on the heels of Azuri’s announced strategic $26 million equity investment, accelerating the…

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Biogas project rolled out in Malawi schools

Jun 27, 2019

Voluntary Service Oversees (VSO) in Malawi is implementing a Community Led Action for Sustainable Energy in Schools (CLASSEC) project aimed at producing biogas from human stools and animal dung to create methane. The three year project is being implemented in partnership with Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) in five primary schools in Lilongwe…

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55 off-grid electricity distribution networks to be completed in Ghana by 2020

Jun 27, 2019

Preparatory works on 55 off grid electricity distribution networks is expected to be completed next year, Deputy Minister of Energy, Mohammed Amin Adam has disclosed. He said the project, at the cost of US$230 million, and funded by the Climate Investment Fund would provide affordable and reliable electricity services to island and lakeside communities in…

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Zimbabwe’s government negotiating 400MW relief deal with Eskom

Jun 27, 2019

Government is negotiating for a 400MW electricity relief deal with South Africa’s Eskom as a short term solution to the current power crisis. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube last week promised that government would settle local power supplier Zesa’s US$10 million debt with Eskom and reports this week said Treasury had honoured its commitment. Zimbabwe has…

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SDX Energy announces oil discovery in Egyptian concession

Jun 27, 2019

SDX Energy, the North Africa focused oil and gas company, has announced that an oil discovery has been made at its Rabul-7 development well in the West Gharib Concession in Egypt (SDX 50% Working Interest & Joint Operator). The well was drilled to a total depth of 5,323 feet and encountered approx. 134 feet of net heavy oil pay…

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KenGen looks to develop energy R&D center

Jun 27, 2019

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) Plc is setting up an Energy Research and Development Laboratory in Tana to incubate new  ideas. The power generator’s managing director Rebecca Miano revealed this yesterday when Energy CS Charles Keter opened the firm’s three day seminar on Global Innovation in Nairobi. ‘’We are currently setting up an Energy Research…

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Tullow braces for further Kenya FID delays

Jun 27, 2019

A State agency has declined to issue an environmental impact assessment licence to Tullow Oil for its operations in the Turkana oil fields. In what now casts doubt over the commercial phase of Kenya’s oil plan, the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) said the British firm had failed to comprehensively consult the host community. This…

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Rwanda looks to close energy supply-demand gap by 2024

Jun 27, 2019

The Government is seeking to drive up demand for energy in the country to match generation capacity. Currently, Rwanda generates 221MW and it targets 512MW by 2024. However, growth in supply is projected to outstrip demand, which is currently estimated at 140MW, according to Rwanda Energy Group. With government purchasing energy from private sector operators,…

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