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50% of Benin Republic’s electricity demand now met by local power stations

Dec 30, 2019

Benin now produces locally 50% of its electricity consumption. This was announced by Patrice Talon (photo), the President of the Republic, during his message on the state of the nation in front of the deputies. “The rehabilitation of the thermal power stations of the SBEE (Beninese electric energy company editor’s note) for a capacity of…

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Togo’s Cizo rural electrification project acquires first solar technicians

Dec 30, 2019

The Cizo rural electrification project is acquiring its first technicians in the installation and maintenance of solar equipment, according to the forecasts of its component C, which aims to create regional academies of solar in Togo. Indeed, KYA Energy Group, a Togolese company specialized in the production of electro-solar groups , awarded in the middle…

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Namibia’s Environment Ministry, Diaz sign land lease for N$1,5bn wind farm

Dec 30, 2019

THE environment ministry has signed a land lease agreement with an independent power producer for the construction of a 44-megawatt renewable energy plant. Independent power producer, Diaz Wind Power a subsidiary of the United Africa Group now has the land to set up its wind farm at Lüderitz. The cost of the project was estimated…

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Malawi harvests solar energy to address power shortfalls

Dec 30, 2019

IN a region battling its worst epileptic power supplies in recent years, Malawi has taken a lead in tapping to the vast sunshine in the continent to address these problems and subsequently address climate change and accelerate economic development. The optimism follows the beginning of initial site works at one of the country’s first solar…

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Libya’s NOC may evacuate Zawiya refinery over fighting

Dec 30, 2019

Libyan state oil firm NOC is considering the closure of its western Zawiya port and evacuating staff from the refinery located there due to clashes nearby, a statement said on Saturday. NOC might also shut down the El Sharara oilfield, whose crude is exported via Zawiya port, the statement said. Clashes between armed groups have…

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Egypt lowers gas grid usage fees by 24% – gas regulator

Dec 30, 2019

Egypt has lowered the usage fees for its national gas grid by 24% to reach $0.29 per mmbtu, the national gas regulator said on its website on Sunday. Egypt had first set the usage fees at $0.38 per mmbtu in Aug. 2018 for a year.   Source: Reuters

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Sudan set to gradually phase out fuel subsidies

Dec 30, 2019

Sudan’s transitional government plans to remove fuel subsidies gradually in 2020 and double public sector salaries to ease the impact of galloping inflation, the finance minister said on Friday. According to Reuters, the new civilian government was trying, with the help of donors, to launch a series of economic and political reforms after veteran ruler…

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Pirates attack LNG carrier off Sao Tome

Dec 30, 2019

Piracy continues to threaten shipping approaching Nigeria’s maritime space, with the LNG Lokoja vessel attacked on December 28, Dryad Global has reported. The maritime security group reported a single speedboat approached the LNG carrier with 10 armed men, who opened fire. The LNG Lokoja carried out evasive manoeuvres and escaped, going on to meet up…

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Nigeria’s Oranto and Australia’s Armour get licences back in Uganda

Dec 29, 2019

Uganda has renewed exploration licences for Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum Ltd (OPL) and Australia’s Armour Energy, allowing the companies to progress with well drilling that will confirm the viability of the oil and gas deposits in the new blocks where initial investigations have shown positive prospects. In 2017, the ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources issued…

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Coal delivery impacted as fire breaks out at Eskom’s Majuba power station

Dec 28, 2019

On Wednesday, a fire broke out at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station on the incline conveyer belt system from the rail offloading facility. This impacts on coal delivery to the station, which was primarily done via rail. The utility said: “We will use road delivery to offset the absence of rail transportation for the duration of…

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