African News

Eskom extends power cuts in South Africa

Jan 6, 2020

South Africa’s struggling state power firm Eskom said on Sunday that it would extend electricity cuts until Monday. Eskom had said late Saturday that it would cut up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) from the national grid from 2000 GMT on Saturday until 0600 GMT on Sunday, after a conveyor belt failure at its Medupi coal-fired…

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Buyer interest scarce as Angolan crude cargoes linger

Jan 6, 2020

A vast number of Angolan cargoes remain to be sold for February as a trading crunch looms following the holidays. Around half of Angola’s 38 cargoes have yet to be sold, traders said, after buyers assessed asking prices which met and exceeded 2019 highs in December to be far too high. State oil company Sonangol…

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$1bn will be invested by 2023 for rural electrification in Senegal

Jan 5, 2020

In Senegal, the government aims to invest around 600 billion CFA francs ($ 1 billion) in the rural electrification process by 2023. This announcement was made by President Macky Sall during his end of year address to the Nation. “We will have to invest 600 billion CFA francs so that our compatriots who are still…

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Increase in solar energy utilisation spurs rural growth in Uganda

Jan 4, 2020

Recent statistics show an increase in the utilization of solar products among Ugandans which offers hope for the realization of the government’s rural electrification strategy and plan (RESP) that aims to increase rural electricity access to 26 per cent by 2022 through a mix of grid and off-grid services, writes SADAB KITATTA KAAYA. Aaccording to…

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Chinese TBEA and Emirati AMEA awarded 100 MW solar plant contract in Tunisia

Jan 2, 2020

The Chinese company TBEA Xinjiang New Energy and the Emirati company Amea Power have been awarded the contract to build a 100 MW solar power plant in the governorate of Kairouan, located in the desert north of Tunisia. Chinese companies on the African continent are mainly known for the construction of thermal and (to a…

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Eight sailors abducted From Greek oil tanker off Cameroon

Jan 1, 2020

A Greek registered tanker has been attacked by armed men close to a port in Cameroon. Eight people were taken hostage and one person was injured during the strike. Armed men seized a Greek oil tanker just outside the Cameroonian port of Limbe, Greek authorities said on Tuesday. Eight people were abducted and one person…

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Somalia clarifies its bid round launch

Jan 1, 2020

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Somalia noted inaccurate media speculation regarding the forthcoming Licensing Round and launch of Production Sharing Agreements. The Ministry confirms the Licensing Round has not been launched as reported, but affirms it will be in the New Year, following the passing of the Petroleum Law, which is anticipated…

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Azelio’s thermal storage systems produces first power in Morocco

Jan 1, 2020

Azelio, the Sweden-based developer of a thermal energy storage technology, today announced it has produced first power as part of its verification project in Morocco. Two energy storage modules installed by the company at the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station will be storing energy from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in the form of heat and converting…

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ExxonMobil secures exploration acreage off Egypt

Dec 31, 2019

ExxonMobil said it has secured more than 1.7 million acres for exploration offshore Egypt. “These awards strengthen our exploration portfolio in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Mike Cousins, senior vice president of exploration and new ventures at ExxonMobil. “We look forward to working with the government and deploying our proven expertise and advanced technology.” The acquisition…

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Electricity interconnection between Sudan and Egypt to go live from January 2020

Dec 30, 2019

The electrical interconnection between Sudan and Egypt will be operational in January 2020, on the 12th more precisely, according to information communicated by Mohammed Shaker, the Egyptian Minister of Energy. According to the official, this line will have the capacity to transport 50 MW of electricity. A capacity planned to be extended to 420 MW…

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