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Kenya: Nuclear Energy Project Spills Over 2030

[Nation] Kenya's plan to have a nuclear power plant will now wait beyond the 2030 timeline envisioned when the idea was conceptualised.

Namibia: Youth Ministry Creates Employment in Biomass Sector

[Namibian] FIFTY-FIVE youths are set to benefit from a pilot project by the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service on the production of charcoal.

South Africa: South Africa's Electricity Pricing Structures Are As Clear As Mud

[Daily Maverick] Comparing customer accounts across the power utility, local councils and everything in between is helluva complicated. It's all relative to where you live, what time electricity is consumed and whatever other sundry expense it takes to balance the budget of bureaucracy.

South Africa: Government Backs Eskom for Adopting Trengove Report

[] Deputy President David Mabuza says government has no reason to doubt the findings of the Trengove report in a forensic investigation that cleared the Eskom CEO of allegations of misleading the board.

South Africa: Powering Up - the Future of South Africa's Electricity System

[Daily Maverick] Creating an independent transmission system and market operator is critical to Eskom's restructuring, as it will secure the reliable, abundant and competitively priced power needed to drive South Africa's economy in the years ahead.

South Africa: DA Welcomes Deputy President's Commitment to Discuss Our R75,000 Solar Tax Rebate Proposal As a Step Forward

[DA] The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the commitment from Deputy President, David Mabuza, that he will discuss our proposal of a R75 000 tax rebate for households wishing to install a rooftop solar system with the Ministers of Finance, Public Enterprises and Mineral Resources and Energy, and apply his mind to seriously implementing this. He made this commitment during the parliamentary question session on Thursday.

Tanzania: President Touts Power Projects

[Daily News] Moshi -- MAJOR power projects undertaken by the government are aimed at revitalising and strengthening industrial development in the country, Dr John Magufuli said yesterday.

Zimbabwe: Sanctions Have Crippled Zesa - Gata

[The Herald] ILLEGAL sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West have crippled ZESA Holdings operations, resulting it generating less than half of its capacity of between 4 000 to 5 000 megawatts, ZESA executive chairman Dr Sydney Gata said.

Oil demand may see lasting impact from pandemic, World Bank says

Oil demand could see “lasting impacts” from the coronavirus while modest gains are projected in metals and agriculture prices as commodity markets recover from the shock of the pandemic, according to the World Bank. The World Bank boosted its projections from April for the average oil price in 2020 and 2021 to $41 a barrel and $44, respectively, as a slow recovery in demand is matched by an easing in supply restrictions. That still leaves prices well below 2019 levels of $61. Outside of energy, a small decline in metal prices will be offset by an increase in agricultural prices this year.

Zimbabwe: Power Utility Revamps Ailing Fleet

[The Herald] Mashonaland Central Bureau

Namibia: MTC Invests Heavily in Rural Electrification

[New Era] Namibia's first telecommunications company, MTC, is leading the way in rural electrification. According to MTC spokesperson, Tim Ekandjo, the mobile giant has invested over N$85 million over the last two years and will invest a further N$11 million to build power lines to various rural areas across the country.

Nigeria: Adeosun - Ardova Is Transforming Into Integrated Energy Firm

[This Day] The Chief Executive Officer, Ardova Plc, Mr. Olumide Adeosun, has said the company is moving from being an oil firm to becoming an integrated energy company in its efforts to broaden its value proposition to the market.

Mozambique: Mozambique Plans Sovereign Wealth Fund From Gas Bonanza - What Could Go Wrong?

[Daily Maverick] Mozambique's central bank has mooted investing more than half the revenue from its expected natural gas bonanza into a sovereign wealth fund. This might not be a bad move, but history suggests it is more likely to take the Angolan route than the Norwegian one -- and that would spell disaster on a grand scale.

South Africa: Rocketing - Electricity Prices Up 177 Percent in a Decade - Water Costs Up 213 Percent

[Daily Maverick] The sky-high cost of electricity, water, rates and taxes drives inflation and can stamp out green shoots of economic recovery, suggests research by the SA Reserve Bank.

Resgen requests trading halt ahead of announcement

Trading of energy resources company Resource Generation's (Resgen's) securities on the ASX and the JSE will temporarily be halted, at the company’s request, until October 26. The company’s decision to halt security trading follows its reliance on formalising an extension to the first repayment date under the facility agreement with Noble Group and securing access to additional working capital to cover the period through to financial close and the first drawdown of funds to develop the Boikarabelo coal project.

Nigeria: Pushing Campaign for Efficient Energy Utilisation Policy

[This Day] Seven years after the acquisition and rebranding of the Egbin Power Station by Sahara Energy Group as Egbin Power Plc, the power generating company is taking the campaign of efficient energy utilisation a step further.

Uganda: Govt Moots Power Submarine Cable to Kalangala Island

[Monitor] Energy Minister Goretti Kitutu is today expected to commission the laying of a 33 kilovolt submarine cable through Lake Victoria to evacuate electricity from the mainland via Bukakata in Masaka District to Bugoma Island to the west Kalangala.

Botswana: Electricity Vital for Production

[Botswana Daily News] Talana Farms -- Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr Molebatsi Molebatsi says government through ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security should expedite addressing issue of getting electricity at production areas.

Renergen drilling programme back on track

Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s re-drill of the inclined drilling programme (referred to as P2V2) at its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is expected to be at, or be close to, target by the end of the first week of November. In a statement on October 21, the JSE- and ASX-listed company confirmed that the re-drill had completed setting of the intermediate casing and that it was on track to drill through to the base of the Karoo and the targeted gas-bearing fault structures.

Malawi: Mera Warns Against Unlicenced Electricity Installation

[Malawi News Agency] Kasungu -- , 2020; The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has warned against unprofessional and unlicenced electricity installation saying the development has contributed to the rise in fire incidences in the country.

Pipe theft causes crude oil to flow into Durban's Umbilo river

The theft of a pipe has caused a crude oil spill in the Bellair area, in Durban, affecting the Umbilo river. The river flows into the Durban Harbour.

South Africa: Joburg Electricity Costs Spiral As City Suffers Covid-19 Revenue Loss

[Daily Maverick] Johannesburg city bosses have pushed electricity tariffs so high that they are now the most expensive in the country. This was revealed in research conducted by Eskom. Now consumers are feeling the pinch.

South Africa: Science and Innovation On South Africa's Platinum Valley Project

[Govt of SA] Platinum Valley project to pull SA's hydrogen initiatives into one ecosystem

South Africa: We Told You So!!! - Civil Society Calls On World Bank to Stop Funding the Violation of Environmental and Human Rights

[groundWork] groundWork, Earthlife Africa and more than 200 supporting organisations warned the World Bank that it would fail on all counts. Medupi would destabilise Eskom and the country's economy, exacerbate poverty and add 30 million tonnes of carbon to South Africa's annual emissions - in addition to other harmful air pollution impacts. And so it has.

Nigeria: CBN Releases Framework for Financing of Mass Metering

[Vanguard] Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released its framework for the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP).

South Africa: Eskom's Debt Burden Is Sidestepped in a Cascade of Plans to Revive South Africa's Economy

[Daily Maverick] Eskom has a debt load of about R488-billion, which weighs on already deteriorating public finances. But there seems to be no credible plan to reduce the power utility's crippling debt.

Nigeria: Ohiare - Why NERC Must Activate Funding Mechanism for Rural Electrification

[This Day] Dr. Sanusi Ohiare is the Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund and board member, Rural Electrification Agency. In this interview, he tells Emmanuel Addeh why it's unfair for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to continue to delay the funding sources for the body

Nigeria: NIPCO Targets More Gas-Powered Vehicles in Nigeria

[This Day] The Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company (NIPCO) Plc has expressed its commitment to ensure that more vehicles run on gas in Nigeria to improve efficiency and guarantee cleaner environment.

Nigeria: CBN Rolls Out Financing Framework for Mass Metering Programme

[This Day] The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday released guidelines for accessing funding for the mass metering programme recently announced by the federal government in a bid to close the 10 million metering gap in the country.

Nigeria: Electricity Must Be Correctly Priced to Attract Investments in Power Sector - Adesina

[This Day] The Group Managing Director of Sahara Power Group and Chairman of Ikeja Electric Plc, Mr. Kola Adesina in this interview, sheds light on the investments and other efforts being made by the group to deliver sustainable electricity to Nigerians. Adesina also said the ongoing review of the service-reflective tariff must produce correctly priced electricity to attract more investments in power sector, amongst other issues. Peter Uzoho presents the excerpts:

Zimbabwe: Solar-Powered Irrigation Schemes Transform Lives in Dry Region

[Zimbabwe Standard] Dropping out of school at a tender age has not extinguished Rosemary Nkala's dream to send her children to school and one day buy a car.

South Africa: MEC David Maynier Welcomes Minister Gwede Mantashe's Announcement On Electricity Regulations On New Generation Capacity

[Govt of SA] Municipal procurement of IPPs critical to energy-led economic recovery

Egypt: Egypt's Keen to Reach Binding Agreement Concerning GERD

[Egypt Online] Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli asserted Sunday the necessity to reach a binding agreement concerning filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in order to preserve mutual rights and interests.

Transnet lauds conviction of fuel pipeline tamperer

State-owned freight utility Transnet’s fuel subsidiary Transnet Pipelines has welcomed the sentencing of a perpetrator arrested for tampering with a multiproduct pipeline. The sentencing marks the first conviction since a scourge of fuel theft started about 18 months ago, with Transnet’s pipeline infrastructure being targeted for fuel theft.

Southern Africa: How Fracking Plans Could Affect Shared Water Resources

[The Conversation Africa] Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa's most sensitive protected areas. These areas include the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango delta and a world heritage site, Tsodilo Hills, in Botswana. Plans are afoot to explore inside the Kavango-Zambezi transfrontier conservation area.

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda

While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by 2050, but global professional services firm Deloitte avers that, while the long-term vision is clear, “the more perplexing challenge lies in the immediate future”.