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South Africa: A Textbook of Electricity Generation Failure

[New Frame] With the ANC at the helm, the power utility was always doomed. Right from the start, the party wanted to reap the benefits of lucrative contracts without any accountability to the public.

DNG Energy commits to catalyse growth in commercial LNG

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier DNG Energy on December 3 announced its official entry into the South African market, after receiving its first gas shipment from the Netherlands at its plant in Germiston last week. The company is targeting the supply of LNG as an alternative fuel to diesel, and thereby a cleaner option for transport, industrial applications, power generation, mining and maritime transport.

South Africa’s environment department rejects floating gas plant

South Africa’s Environment Department has turned down an application to moor a floating, gas-fired power plant in the eastern port of Richards Bay. Anchor Energy LNG’s Nseleni power plant would have had the capability to produce 6 500 MW of electricity, according to Groundwork, an environmental activist organisation.

South Africa: A Second Gas-to-Power Environmental Authorisation Is Refused for Richards Bay #AfricaClimateCrisis

[groundWork] The decision to refuse the EA raised the following: Cumulatively, there are expected negative impacts to the ecosystem, including avifauna, estuary and marine environments. Macrobenthos, that is, organisms living on the bottom of the water body, are particularly vulnerable to dredging activities proposed by Nseleni. Adequate monitoring programmes of estuarine birdlife were not conducted, and insufficient and inefficient mitigation measures were put in place to counter the negative impacts on the affected e

Liberia: Sierra Leone And Guinea Sign the Power Purchase Agreement With Cote d'Ivoire

[FrontPageAfrica] Abidjan -- Following his robust engagement with the Government of Cote d'Ivoire, the Vice President of Sierra Leone who leads a high-powered delegation to Abidjan has affirmed government of Sierra Leone commitment to conclude arrangements for the signatures of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone and the Transmission Services Agreements (TSA) between TRANSCO CLSG and Sierra Leone that will enable Cote d'Ivoire to light up the southeastern parts of Sierra Leone.

Nigeria: Electricity - Transcorp Targets 843mw Available Capacity

[Vanguard] Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) Plc has disclosed plans to increase the combined available capacity at Transcorp Power Limited (TPL) and Trans Afam Power Limited (TAPL) to 843 megawatt (MW) with the completion of the ongoing upgrade and repairs in both power plants.

Egypt: Sisi Approves Loan to Finance Energy Efficiency Program

[Egypt Online] The Gazette published on Thursday 2/12/2021 President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's decree that approved a 50-million-dollar loan to finance energy efficiency program.

Kenya: Kenya Power Disconnects Power Supply to City Hall

[Nairobi News] City Hall has again been plunged into darkness after Kenya Power disconnected the electricity supply.

Outrage and calls for fuel price audit as motorists overpaid for petrol on Wednesday

Some motorists unwittingly paid 6c/litre more per litre of fuel than they should have on Wednesday morning. This was before the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy admitted that it had made a calculation error on the announced 81c increase - saying that it was only meant to increase by 75c. The department attributed the error to a salary adjustment for service station employees that was already implemented in September's petrol price, but added again in this month's hike. Even with the reduced hike, the December price of petrol still pushed past the R20/l mark.

South Africa: UCT Urged to Urgently Divest From Fossil Fuels #AfricaClimateCrisis

[GroundUp] Decision to be made at next UCT Council meeting on 4 December

Nigeria: Mass Metering 2nd Phase to Begin Q1 2022 - NERC

[Leadership] The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says the second phase (Phase One) of the National Mass Metering Programme will begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Nigeria: Gas Development Impossible Without Appropriate Pricing - NNPC

[This Day] Abuja -- The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited yesterday maintained that without the right pricing for natural gas, it would be impossible to develop the sector.

Kenya: Don't Send Queries to 'Kenya Power & Lighting Company (Kplc)' - Philippines-Based Facebook Page Impersonates Kenya Power

[Africa Check] Kenyans have been messaging the Facebook page "Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC)", which has more than 100,000 followers, believing their queries would reach the state-owned electricity utility Kenya Power.

Mozambique: IMF Continues to Back Gas, Despite the Resource Curse

[Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Attempts to limit gas in Mozambique are "not sensible", IMF representative in Mozambique, Alexis  Meyer-Cirkel, said in an open briefing 23 November. "I think that this discussion, preventing  Mozambique from developing this wealth, disproportionately penalises a country that has not  contributed to the creation of the problem and that is a poorer country," he stressed.

Mozambique: Gas: Decision Now, or Wait For Real Peace?

[Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] The ever optimistic Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Max Tonela, said that there could  be an imminent decision to restart work on gas. "The outlook is that before the end of the year we  are going to have all the conditions for us to sit down and decide to resume the project". He was  speaking 24 November following a meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Hirotatsu Fujiwara,  the vice-president of Mitsui, which owns 20% of Area 1 (closest to the coast, operated by&nb

Tunisia: Promoting Renewable Energy - Tap Awarded Two Prizes for Best Reporting

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- TAP News Agency has won two prizes in the annual competition for best reporting on renewable energy promotion, organised by the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME).

Malawi: Lack of Sustainable Sources of Energy Fueling Deforestation

[MBC] Lack of alternatives to firewood and charcoal is halting efforts aimed at addressing deforestation in the country.

Namibia: Seas Hold Power to Cheap Energy

[Namibian] UTILISING the ocean to produce electricity could reduce the cost of energy in many countries, especially in Africa, and help speed up the divorce process from fossil fuels, the African Development Bank has said.

Zimbabwe: Former Power Utility Bosses' Trial Starts

[The Herald] The trial of former Zesa Holdings chief executive officer Joshua Chifamba and two other senior officials on allegations of appointing a city law firm as debt collectors without the power utility company's board approval has today opened at the Harare Magistrates Court.

Ghana: Former President Rawlings Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Energy Sector

[Ghanaian Times] Former President Flt. Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contribution to the energy sector.

Petrol price increase was wrong, energy dept admits

While the petrol price still went up on Wednesday, it was by 75c per litre, and not 81c as the department of mineral resources and energy incorrectly stated this week.  "The 6 cents difference is due to the fact that the adjustment of wages for service station workers had already been implemented in September 2021," the department said in a statement on Wednesday morning. Diesel went up 72.5c a litre (0.05% sulphur) and 74.5c (0.005% sulphur). Illuminating paraffin went up by 42.2c/l, while the maximum LPGas retail price increased by 183.00c/kg from Wednesday.

Liberia: LNP Educates Students On the Usage of Traffic Lights

[New Dawn] As accident cases increase in and outside Monrovia, the Traffic Division of the Liberian National Police (LNP) on Friday, 27 November 2021, launched a campaign on educating students on how to use the traffic lights and how to cross the road.

Uganda: Green Energy - What Is in It for Industrialisation?

[Monitor] Uganda has set plans to double its current 20 percent industrial contribution to gross domestic product to 40 percent.

Germiston-based DNG Energy receives first LNG shipment

Pan-African liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply network DNG Energy has received a shipment of LNG at its plant in Germiston, enabling the company to accelerate its pilot projects with its partners in the next few weeks. DNG Energy’s pilot projects aim to test the feasibility of using LNG as an alternative to diesel, as a proof-of-concept for a cleaner and more affordable option for transport, industrial power generation and mining.

Nigeria: Power Generation - Nigeria's Average Unutilized Power Rises 291% to 3,008.1MW in 8 Years

[Vanguard] Average Nigeria's unutilized power generation has increased year-on-year, YoY, to 3,008.18 Megawatts, MW in 2021, from 1,030.80 MW in 2013, indicating an increase of 291 per cent in the past eight years, due mainly to lack of infrastructure.

South Africa: Media Statement - Westville Residents Call for Gas Amendment Bill to Be Inclusive

[Parliament of South Africa] The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy concluded the KwaZulu-Natal leg of the public hearings on the Gas Amendment Bill in Durban's Westville community today, where the participants called for, among other things, the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policy to work for them.

Big fuel price hikes announced for Wednesday

The petrol price will be hiked by 81c a litre on Wednesday, while diesel will go up by between 72.5c a litre (0.05% sulphur) and 74.5c (0.005% sulphur), the department of mineral resources and energy announced. The latest price hike will push the price of petrol - currently around R19.50 a litre - to above R20 in Gauteng and other inland provinces. At the start of November, petrol prices were hiked by R1.21, while diesel increased by R1.48. Illuminating paraffin will go up by 42.2c/l, while the maximum LPGas retail price will be increased by 183.00c/kg from 1 December.

Nigeria: Cooking Gas - Govt Should Tackle Foreign Exchange, High Prices, Instability - Stakeholders

[Vanguard] Experts, investors and others have urged the Federal Government to end the prolonged era of foreign exchange, high prices and instability in Nigeria's Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG sector.

Malawi: Giz Installs ?42m Solar Rooftop

[Nyasa Times] The German Ambassador to Malawi, Andreas Trimmermann, said the installation of a ?45 million solar rooftop system demonstrates how government, international organizations and the private sector can jointly solve energy related challenges.

Renergen offering 20 Cryo-Vacc units for any company’s use in Dec

In light of the anticipated fourth wave of Covid-19 infections that is about to grip the country, South African company Renergen is offering the use of 20 of its Jumbo Cryo-Vacc units, at its own cost, for December, to assist in ensuring safe transportation of the estimated 16-million doses. This offer is open to any organisation currently involved in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

Tanzania: Kigoma and Katavi to Get National Grid Electricity in 2022

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Kigoma and Katavi regions are set to be connected to national grid electricity by the end of 2022.

Nigeria: Electricity - Lagos Gov Moves to Deliver 50 Megawatts/20 Hourss to Residents

[Vanguard] The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to deliver 50 MegaWatt of electricity for 20 hours daily to residents through the Lagos State Electricity Policy.

Nigeria: Russian Investors Targets Nigeria Agriculture, Oil & Gas Sectors

[This Day] Gilbert Ekugbe

South Africa: Ramaphosa Backs Just Transition - Insists SA's Sovereignty Not for Sale in R131bn COP26 Financing Offer

[Daily Maverick] President Cyril Ramaphosa made his strongest statement yet in favour of a partial privatisation of electricity generation, repeatedly labelling Eskom a monopoly that is dangerous for the country. He was speaking during his parliamentary Q&A on Thursday.

Rwanda: Kigali Rotaract Club Lights Up 15 Homes in Bugesera

[New Times] Members of the Rotaract Club of Kigali over the weekend donated solar panels to 15 vulnerable families in Bugesera District, to help children in these families be able to revise their school work while at home.

Cameroon: Fishermen Harvest Invasive Aquatic Fern to Create Energy Source #AfricaClimateCrisis

[VOA] Dizangué -- Cameroon's largest lake, Lake Ossa, has been invaded by Salvinia molesta, an aquatic fern native to Brazil that hinders navigation, makes fishing impossible and blocks water access. To combat the spreading plant, a local aid group is training fishermen to harvest the fern and transform it into organic coal.