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Zambia: Ruling party urges solution to power supply stand-off

The influential central committee of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has called on the Ministry of Energy to resolve an impasse over talks to extend an agreement that allows Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) to buy power in bulk from...

Angola/Namibia: Maersk to drill three wells for Total

Total has awarded contracts to Maersk Drilling to use the 7th generation drillship Maersk Voyager for wells offshore Namibia and on Angola blocks 32 and 48. Maersk announced on 13 January that the campaign was expected to commence this month,...

West Africa: Bids sought for regional solar study

The West African Power Pool is seeking bids for the measurement of solar resources in member countries. The successful bidder will visit sites in all 14 member countries to identify 28-30 locations and take high-quality measurements over a two-...

Angola: Government steps up action against dos Santos family

Angola has moved in recent weeks to take concrete legal action against the children of former president José Eduardo dos Santos over longstanding corruption allegations. José Filomeno dos Santos went on trial in December, accused of taking $500m...

Tunisia: More solar projects awarded

The Ministry of Industry and SMEs has awarded a 100MW solar project in Kairouan to a consortium of TBEA Xinjiang New Energy Company and AMEA Power. The project forms part of an international tender launched by the ministry in 2018, which has seen...

Togo: Scaling Solar tender

The Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (AT2ER) has launched prequalification for two solar PV projects with combined capacity of 60-80MWac, which are being procured through the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Scaling Solar...

Tanzania: Consultant sought for transmission studies

Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) is inviting expressions of interest from consultants to update studies and carry out conceptual design for a 400kV, 480km transmission line connecting Sumbawanga, Mpanda and Kigoma. The project includes...

South Africa publishes draft petroleum bill

South Africa’s draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill was published for public comment on 24 December. The draft immediately attracted criticism for its generous provision of a 20% carried interest for the state in upstream projects...

South Africa: Eskom chairman resigns amid broken promises

Eskom lost another senior figure on 10 January as chairman Jabu Mabuza resigned, ostensibly because Eskom failed to live up to a promise made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 11 December that there would be no load-shedding between 17 December and...

South Africa: Funding agreed for battery storage project

The Shanghai-based New Development Bank, formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank, has approved a loan of ZAR6bn ($400m) to Eskom Holdings for the establishment of a battery energy storage system comprising 360MW of distributed battery...

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