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Major new African Energy data platform launches

26 September 2017

African Energy today launches African Energy Live Data, an innovative and interactive data platform that will change the way investors and developers identify and evaluate power projects across the continent.

Based on decades of research and delivered through a specially designed web-based database platform, Live Data monitors power projects and analyses markets to help key stakeholders understand and plan for a future in which many more power plants will be built in Africa.

African Energy – a leading participant in the electricity supply industry and other energy sectors since 1998 – created African Energy Live Data as a response to a lack of credible information holding investors back from developing projects in many African economies.

“We had run our own internal project database for many years before deciding that the pace and scale of growth in the African electricity supply industry meant we should significantly expand the platform to serve a wider audience,” said Jon Marks, chairman of African Energy’s parent company Cross-border Information (London) Ltd (CbI). 

“Launching Live Data has involved a large investment in people and technology, but by providing verified and up-to-date information – often where it did not previously exist – we believe Live Data can make a positive contribution to the task of bringing electricity to all the peoples of the continent,” Marks said.

The platform contains detailed information on more than 4,300 projects and 3,900 organisations, with more than 140,000 data points on everything ranging from fuels and technology to shareholders, financing and background information. With live updating, the already substantial number of data points is being added to all the time.  The inaugural release includes the whole Southern Africa region and Democratic Republic of Congo. Additional regions will become available over the coming months.

A GIS map marks the location of all types of power plants, in all stages of development, accompanied by filters to customise searches and focus results. The context of a plant and its locale is provided through links to African Energy newsletter articles and background notes.

Live Data’s sophisticated Data Tool aggregates project data to provide unprecedented insight into the structure and outlook of the power sector at a country, regional and continental level – allowing strategic planners, analysts and other users to analyse the market environment and overall trends.

Visit the African Energy Live Data site

For more information, contact:

John Hamilton, Director, Cross-border Information

E: [email protected] T: +44 7776 145 325

Nick Dashwood Brown, Head of Sales, African Energy

E: [email protected] T: +44 1424 721 667


About African Energy Live Data:

● Live-updated online database featuring more than 4,300 power plants across Africa.

● Detailed project data with concise background and project history, installed capacity, project pipeline, ownership, financing, GIS location, fuel, technology, critical milestones, capex and contractual data.

● Organisations data, giving profiles of major stakeholders, developers, utilities, ministries, regulators and commissions, funds, banks, DFIs, contractors and service providers.

● Interactive GIS-based map interface.

● Responsive data filter panel.

● Data tool for comprehensive analytics.

● Country-focused indicators of the IPP and renewable energy investment climate.

● Bulletin service for latest news and updates.

● In-depth African Energy analysis access.

● Based on 19 years of data-gathering by African Energy.

● Verified to African Energy staff’s high standards of accuracy.

● Planned service expansion into transmission and critical infrastructure.


About African Energy

African Energy is a trusted provider of consultancy, data and news services designed to support decision-making throughout all stages of the project and investment lifecycle. Since 1998, African Energy has provided reliable and quality data in markets where many other sources cannot be trusted. Live Data’s dedicated team consult the companies and authorities developing projects, while a network of correspondents across the continent ensures that African Energy cuts through rumour to provide information that can be relied on. 

African Energy and African Energy Live Data are divisions of Cross-border Information (London) Ltd (CbI), a long-established Africa and Middle East-focused consultancy active in risk analysis and primary infrastructure sectors. The company has full-time staff in London and Hastings, UK and a network of correspondents and associates currently active in more than 48 countries across Africa and the Middle East. CbI consultants and analysts work closely with the project development community on issues that affect public and private sector investment decisions.


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