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East Africa: Solar and Wind Power Could Break Big Dam Deadlock

[The Conversation Africa] For several years, political tensions between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been escalating in a conflict over the near-complete Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The GERD is Africa's largest hydropower plant. It dams the Blue Nile river coming from Ethiopia's highlands just before it crosses into Sudan where, after merging with the White Nile, it continues northwards to Egypt.

Nigeria: Solar Home System for 25 Million Nigerians Not Free - Govt

[Leadership] Abuja -- The federal government has stressed that the 25 million Nigerians to be electrified through the ongoing N240 million Solar Home System project have to pay some fair bills.

Angola: Sonangol Sells Its Shares in Puma Energy At Usd 600 Mln

[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angolan Oil Firm (Sonangol) has agreed, in a tripartite agreement, to sell its 31.78 percent of its assets held in Puma Energy to Trafigura at USD 600 million.

Nigeria: 8 Power Plants Down, As Power Minister Apologises for Erratic Electric Supply

[Vanguard] The Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, has apologised to Nigerians over the recent erratic power supply in the country, saying no fewer than power generating plants had broken down in the last few weeks

Zimbabwe: 'No Prolonged Power Cuts During Winter'

[The Herald] Senior Business Reporter

Africa: Africa's Energy Demand Keeps On Growing

[Ethiopian Herald] It is clear that energy poverty is catastrophic not only on a macroeconomic level, but it also profoundly impacts people's daily lives, as without energy, infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and other essential services cannot be developed. Imagine a hospital losing power in the middle of a pandemic? It could cost lives.

Sasol moving ahead with renewables procurement, green hydrogen goals

  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Sasol and Air Liquide's plans to jointly procure renewable electricity and Sasol's ambitions to shift to producing green hydrogen and powerfuels.  

Nigeria: Minister Gives Reasons for Nationwide Power Outage

[Vanguard] The Minister of Power Engr. Sale Mamman has tendered an apology to all Nigerians affected by the power outage currently being experienced across the country.

Nigeria: Country Suffers Massive Power Outage As Several Plants Break Down

[Premium Times] Nine plants suffered a breakdown and others face gas shortages.

Ethiopia: The GERD Is a Win Win Project to Nurture, Not Sabotage!

[Ethiopian Herald] GERD, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is bound to be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa with a capacity to generate more than 6,000 megawatt of electric power. It is the flagship project of Ethiopians who have raised all the money that is needed, on their own, to complete it when they were denied any form of foreign loans. Hence, GERD is just like a child that parents give to, nurture and care for until they become adults and independent. In the case of GERD the project can be said to be finished

South Africa: Hydrogen Mobility Corridor - Sasol and Toyota Boldly Go in Search of the Holy Grail of Green Fuel in SA

[Daily Maverick] A new partnership will take South Africa to the cusp of the hydrogen economy, which presents significant economic opportunities for the country. But fully exploiting the opportunity requires government and industry to align their goals.

Nigeria: Govt Targets 100 Million Jobs Through Gas Expansion Project

[This Day] The federal government has explained that its National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) was envisioned to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Fuel price breather could be on the cards for financially burdened consumers, according to the AA

The current data shows the prospect of a 32 cents-a-litre drop in the price of diesel. Financially burdened South African consumers might get a fuel price breather in May, the Automobile Association said on Thursday. This is due to stability on international petroleum markets and a stronger exchange rate, the association said in a statement, commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The current data shows the prospect of a 32 cents-a-litre drop in the price of diesel, and 27 cents for illuminating paraffin.

Zimbabwe: Riozim to Begin Work On Solar Plant

[The Herald] Diversified resources firm, RioZim, says it is in the process of selecting an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for its 178 megawatt (MW) solar project.

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo Business Freeze Amid Crippling CBD Power Cut

[New Zimbabwe] The Bulawayo City Centre has been experiencing a crippling power blackout since Monday, a development which has seriously affected business in the city.

Gambia: URR Inhabitants Experience Irregular Power Supply Amid Ramadan

[Foroyaa] The inhabitants of Upper River Region (URR) have expressed their despair and desperation over the inconsistent power supply they are experiencing as the holy month of Ramadan commences.

Zimbabwe: Govt Considering Tapping Into Nuclear Energy

[The Herald] The Government yesterday approved the framework for cooperation with the Russian Federation State Atomic Energy Corporation as it explores the feasibility of using nuclear energy as an alternative source of power.

Namibia: Energy Storage Regulatory Framework On Its Way

[Namibian] CONTEMPORARY electricity storage would enhance Namibia's intermittent renewable power-generation capacity, although the country has no regulatory framework to guide the sector.

Nigeria: Why There Is Blackout in Abia Communities - Official

[Premium Times] The electricity company in Enugu attributed the disruption to the activities of vandals.

Seychelles: Islands Development Company Lights Up Two More of Seychelles' Outer Islands With Solar Power

[Seychelles News Agency] The Islands Development Company (IDC) is on track to having all the islands it manages in Seychelles running solely on green energy after the inauguration of solar farms on Astove and Farquhar islands.

Zimbabwe: Zonful Energy, GSMA Target Rural Digital Penetration

[263Chat] Enterprising solar energy company, Zonful Energy is on a drive to increase mobile internet adoption and usage for rural communities which have previously lagged behind.

South Africa: No Load Shedding Expected On Wednesday

[SAnews.gov.za] No load shedding is expected today as the generation capacity has sufficiently recovered overnight, Eskom said on Wednesday.

Platinum price to rise as green hydrogen emerges as a new demand segment

The rarity of platinum, combined with a decline in supply and overwhelming demand, is a formula for a build-up of a “perfect storm”, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis, who says that this will lead to significant upward pressure on the price of platinum, to which investors have already begun to react. Given that platinum plays a critical role in the reduction of global warming and its essential role in diverse industrial and medical applications, global mine supply of the precious metal has grown by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 1.7% between 1990 and 2020.

Gambia: Pura Hosts Malian Energy Regulator to Discuss Bilateral Relations

[The Point] The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of The Gambia (PURA) yesterday hosted the Malian Energy Regulator (ONAP) delegation to discuss and explore bilateral relation on export of petroleum among other initiatives.

Total postpones South Africa drilling application, consultancy letter says

French oil major Total has decided to postpone its application for additional drilling in a South African offshore gas block, a letter seen by Reuters from the consultancy conducting the environmental and social assessment showed. The delay is a potential blow to South Africa as it seeks to reduce its reliance on coal and increase the use of natural gas and renewables in its energy mix.

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe to Set Up Nuclear Power Station to Ease Power Shortages

[New Zimbabwe] THE governments of Zimbabwe and Russia this week signed an agreement that will see the Russians assisting the southern African nation setting up a nuclear power station to provide alternative sources of energy to the country facing years of perennial power cuts.

Kenya: Sh11 Million Kenya Power Bill Sees Lodwar Town Go Without Water

[Nation] Lodwar town residents are grappling with water shortage after the local water company failed to pay an electricity bill of Sh11 million leading to a disconnection of power.

Nigeria: As Heat Wave Intensifies FCT Residents Groan Over Poor Electricity Supply

[Leadership] Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs are crying out over worsening electricity supply, as the atmospheric temperature becomes increasingly intolerable.

Namibia: Nampower Ready for Eskom Shutdown

[Namibian] NAMPOWER has put in place mitigating measures to ensure the continuity of electricity supply to Namibia in the event that South Africa's power utility, Eskom, is 'unplugged'.

Angola: Angola Optimistic About Future of Oil Sector

[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angolan minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, reiterated, on Monday, optimism about the future of the oil sector in Angola, which presents itself with "great" potential.

Liberia: World Bank Strengthens Liberia's Electricity and Informal Business Sectors

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The World Bank and the government of Liberia on Monday signed the financial agreements for two projects, the Liberia Electricity Sector Strengthening, and Access Project (LESSAP) in the amount of US$ 64.2 million and the Recovery of Economic Activity for Liberian Informal Sector Employment (REALISE) project in the amount of US$10.

Nigeria: Varsities Groan Under Crazy Electricity Bills

[Vanguard] AS individuals are accusing electricity distribution companies, DISCOs, of giving them high electricity bills, popularly called 'crazy bills', educational institutions in the country are also reeling under the yoke of such bills, checks by Vanguard have revealed.

South Africa: Eskom Disposes of Non-Core Properties

[SAnews.gov.za] As part of its efforts to raise funds from the disposal of non-core property, Eskom has announced the sale of two buildings to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation.

Nigeria: Power Generation Falls Further By 27% to 3,567MW

[Vanguard] Nigeria's power generation, Monday, dropped by 27 per cent to 3,567.30 megawatts, MW, as at 06hours compared to the 4,557.50MW peak generation at 22hours the previous day.

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process

Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies said in a statement, represented the largest renewable-energy procurement deal from the private sector in South Africa and the renewable electricity generated by the IPPs would supply Sasol’s operations in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

Kibo advances Benga power project with Mozambique energy utility

Africa-focused Kibo Energy and its local joint venture (JV) partners have agreed on the next steps towards the ultimate finalisation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) at the company’s Benga power plant project (BPPP), in Mozambique, following a discussion with Mozambique energy utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). During the meeting, the final optimised definitive feasibility study, inclusive of the updated grid integration study, and a summary of an updated draft financial model was presented and discussed as the fundamentals that will guide and focus the further course of the PPA process.