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Stable, predictable policy and regulatory framework must be created – SA Energy Minister

Jul 13, 2019

A stable, predictable policy and regulatory framework must be created that will lead to investment and growth in South Africa’s energy sector, says the country’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe. Minister Mantashe was delivering his first energy budget speech in Parliament since the merging of his mineral resources portfolio with that of energy…

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Infinity Solar fully connects its 133MW power plants to Benban in Egypt

Jul 13, 2019

Infinity Solar has finished connecting and operating all its solar plants in Benban, Aswan, to the national electricity grid, with a total capacity of 133MW, to bring up the total capacity added by the company in the feed-in tariff’s first and second phases to 184MW. Hesham El Gamal, director of public relations and communications of…

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Liberia’s House summons LEC, Ministry of Mines and Energy

Jul 13, 2019

The House of Representatives summons the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) alone with the Ministry of Mines and Energy to appear before full plenary next Tuesday to account for moneys received from the Government of Liberia and to explain why the electricity program in the country is very poor and slow. Montserrado County District#7 Representative Solomon…

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Cede part of Tema Oil Refinery to private investors – MD

Jul 13, 2019

Cede part of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to private investors to revamp and improve the company’s operations, Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Isaac Osei, has recommended to government. According to him, such an arrangement was necessary to ensure the right investment as well as address capacity challenges and compliance to regulatory system…

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Bidding for 100MW of solar energy to be launched in Botswana soon

Jul 12, 2019

Botswana is about to launch a call for tenders for two solar projects with a combined capacity of 100 MW. The projects will be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) involving local private companies. Almost a month after cancelling the call for tenders for the design, procurement and construction (EPC) of two 100 MW solar…

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IFC partners Togo government to produce 90MW through scaling solar programme

Jul 12, 2019

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Togo’s government will develop 90MW of solar power plants in the West African country. The related agreement was recently signed in the presence of President Faure Gnassingbé and Sérgio Pimenta, Vice President of IFC, who is currently in Togo. The deal falls under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program…

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Egypt pays down debts to IOCs

Jul 12, 2019

Egypt’s arrears to foreign oil companies declined to $900 million at the end of June from $1.2 billion a year ago, the petroleum minister said on Thursday, adding that the remaining amount would be paid soon. The Egyptian government had told the International Monetary Fund in a letter in January it intended to “eliminate” arrears…

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Total hires deepsea rig for drilling operations offshore South Africa

Jul 12, 2019

Offshore driller Odfjell Drilling has signed a firm contract with French oil major Total for drilling offshore South Africa. Odfjell said on Thursday that the contract was awarded to the 6th generation semi-submersible Deepsea Stavanger. The contract value, including compensation for mobilization and demobilization periods, is estimated at being between $145-$190 million plus incentives. According…

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Zimbabwe’s ZERA receives application for 108MW solar project

Jul 12, 2019

Independent power producer, Power Ventures (Private) Limited, has applied for a licence to establish a 107 megawatts solar energy plant in Hwange District, Matabeleland North province. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) confirmed the application in a public notice yesterday. It said the proposed solar plant, if approved, would be established at Chidome Ward in…

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Ugandan region rejects government’s proposal to build hydropower dam on Murchison falls

Jul 12, 2019

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has opposed government’s proposal to construct a hydropower dam in Murchison Falls National Park. In a July 3 letter to the chief executive officer of Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), the kingdom prime minister, Mr Andrew Byakutaga, stated that the park is a unique landscape with several components that are crucial for enhancing…

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