Actis eyes more Africa power projects after $1bn of investments

Sep 8, 2020

London-based private-equity firm Actis LLP is looking at African energy projects to add to the $1 billion it has already invested in the sector on the continent. “We’re seeing some new opportunities that we’ve not yet approved,” Neil Brown, a partner and head of the Investor Development Group at Actis, said in an interview. Investments…

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150 villages in Gabon to be connected to the grid as Govt launches construction of dams

Sep 8, 2020

In Gabon, the new Prime Minister, Christiane Ossouka Raponda, took stock of the work in progress in the electricity sector. This involves the rehabilitation and construction of 750 km of power lines and the installation of three dams with a total capacity of 146 MW. In Gabon, 40,000 households will see their access to electricity…

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Kenya Power launches USSD platform to help customers manage bills

Sep 8, 2020

Kenya Power has introduced a service, under the *977# USSD code, that will enable its prepaid and post-paid customers to manage their bills. The company noted that under the new service, its 1.8 million post-paid customers can now take advantage of the self-read option on *977# to submit their meter readings to get their actual…

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Egypt plans to export 10GW of surplus energy to Europe and the rest of Africa

Sep 7, 2020

Egypt is in talks to export its 10 GW of excess electricity. To this end, it aims at the European market, Greece and Cyprus in particular, but also the African market. The country’s sovereign wealth fund has obtained the government’s approval to negotiate the necessary financial arrangements. Egypt has started discussions on its ambitions to…

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The Seeg allocates €15.8 million to water and electricity projects in Libreville, Gabon

Sep 7, 2020

At least 12 drinking water and electricity projects will be completed in Greater Libreville and other cities in Gabon before the end of the second half of 2020. Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon (Seeg) will finance these projects to the tune of approximately 10.4 billion CFA francs, or more than 15.8 million euros. Société…

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Eneo manufactured 6,500 concrete power poles in collaboration with local SMEs in H1 2020

Sep 7, 2020

Between January and June 2020, half a dozen local companies contracted by Eneo Cameroon manufactured 6,500 concrete poles. These companies include SCCP based in Souza, CCCG based in Yassa, Leader based in Yaoundé, CBD based in Garoua, SET based in Ngaoundéré, and LAW Brothers based in Limbe. According to Eneo Cameroon, the poles manufactured by…

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Cameroon loses the equivalent of two 25MW solar power plants each year to fraud

Sep 4, 2020

Cameroon’s electricity sector annually records losses of around 60 billion FCFA, linked to fraud. This situation, according to energy company Eneo, hinders the development of the sector. According to the quarterly information note just published by Eneo, the concessionaire of the electricity distribution service in Cameroon, cash losses over the entire electricity system represent more…

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State firms currently Kenya Power’s largest defaulters

Sep 4, 2020

State agencies top the list of main electricity bills defaulters, which have driven Kenya Power to the edge, the Nation can reveal. Confidential documents shared among energy stakeholders including the regulator, the Ministry of Energy and Kenya Power show that parastatals, national and county governments have a pending electricity bill of Sh4.7 billion as at…

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Camden power station in SA resumes operations

Sep 2, 2020

Operations at the power station located in Mpumalanga, resumed on Thursday after a successful project to relocate ash from an unsafe dam at the station. Following a four-month shutdown, Unit 8 of the station was synchronised onto the grid on Thursday, with Unit 5 expected to return to service on Friday afternoon. “Five other units…

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Botswana’s national energy policy strives for self-reliance by 2026

Sep 2, 2020

One of the key energy sector deliverables for National Development Plan (NDP) 11 is increasing self-reliance on the country’s energy resources and sources, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Mr Lefhoko Moagi has said. When presenting the Ministry’s NDP11 Mid-Term Review in Parliament on Monday under thematic area of Economy and Employment,…

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