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Kenya’s ERC introduces framework to open up energy market

Nov 21, 2018

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) seeks to establish a fund to cushion operators of mini-grids from high costs as part of regulations to encourage investors to generate, transmit and sell electricity in remote areas at affordable retail prices. According to the Daily Nation, ERC director general Pavel Oimeke said the establishment of a fund would…

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Preparations underway for Rufiji hydropower plant in Tanzania

Nov 21, 2018

Construction of supporting infrastructure for the proposed 2100-megawatt Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project on the Rufiji river is about to be completed. Completion of the basic infrastructure would signify the beginning in earnest of constructing the reservoir dam and main project just as soon. This was revealed to Energy minister Medard Kalemani in Dodoma by the…

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NUM protest over IPPs and Eskom privatisation

Nov 20, 2018

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Kwazulu-Natal arranged a protest this past weekend against the IPPs, Eskom privatisation, and the closing of power stations and coal mines. “The IPPs agreement is insane and doesn’t indicate a sober business case. If Eskom continues to pay R2,22 per kWh and sell at R0.89c the power utility…

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Elsewedy Electric opens manufacturing plant in Algeria

Nov 20, 2018

Elsewedy Electric Algeria inaugurated a manufacturing plan for the production of electric cable accessories in Algeria. Setting up this production plant cost $1 million and can produce 100,000 units a year. With its inauguration, Elsewedy Electric brings together in Algeria all the trades of the electricity value chain. The company installed production units for the…

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Rwanda’s EDCL requires electrical materials for transmissions lines

Nov 19, 2018

Energy Development Corporation (EDCL) Limited invites sealed bids from qualified bidders to supply electrical materials for Low Voltage and Medium Voltage lines and service connections. The tender comprises of four lots and the bidder is free to bid for one or more lots and can be awarded one or more lots: Lot 1: Supply of…

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Ethiopia targets energy access for all by 2025

Nov 15, 2018

Ethiopia is targeting energy access for all its citizens by 2025. The country, which currently has an electrification rate of 58%, intends to implement important hydroelectric and geothermal projects in order to achieve this goal. BizunehTolcha, the director of public relations of the Ministry of Irrigation, Water and Energy, told Xinhua, “The ministry will need…

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Libya’s GECOL demands protection of nation’s grid amid frequent attacks

Nov 15, 2018

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) urged the Ministry of Interior and all security authorities to protect the electrical network, which is being exposed daily to looting and theft. “The hands of evil are using all means to inflict harm and damage to the nation’s electrical grid, and this time they have hit the…

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ENGIE signs PPA with Senelec for solar projects

Nov 15, 2018

Global energy and services company ENGIE, alongside its investment partner Meridiam consortium and Fonsis, the Senegalese Sovereign Fund, have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Senelec, the Senegalese off-taker for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, ENGIE said in a Wednesday press release. Developed by the Senegalese government and the International Finance Corporation (member…

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AfDB launches Africa Energy Portal

Nov 14, 2018

“Building a Knowledge Base to De-Risk the Energy Sector in Africa,” brought together investors, policy makers and government officials for a presentation of the new initiative on Friday 9 November, the final day of the Forum. The AEP portal, hosted at http://Africa-Energy-Portal.org , will consolidate, validate, and disseminate energy data and insights across Africa’s energy value chain, covering…

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MCC approves new Energy Compact for Senegal

Nov 13, 2018

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has just approved a new Energy Compact for Senegal. This agreement will see $550 million for the electricity sector and $50 million for stimulating economic growth and progress. Funding for the power sector will support three projects, including upgrading and strengthening the country’s electricity grid, increasing access to energy for…

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