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Zambia: Toyota Tsusho to develop two solar farms

Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the trading arm of Japan’s Toyota Group, announced on 30 August the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development for the development of two 50MW solar power...

Botswana: Shumba Energy forms liquid fuels JV

Botswana’s Shumba Energy announced on 2 September that it has formed a joint venture partnership giving it 80% of the equity in Coal Petroleum Ltd (CoPet), a private company developing a commercial-scale liquid fuels production facility called...

Uganda: Murchison Falls development ruled out

A cabinet meeting on 26 August agreed that the government would not pursue development of a proposed 360MW hydropower dam at Murchison Falls, a popular tourist destination within a national park.“Cabinet took a decision at its latest sitting that...

Botswana: Deadline extended for solar tender

The deadline for a Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) request for qualification from developers for two 50MW solar PV projects has been extended from 11 to 27 September. The tender is the latest iteration of the country’s unsteady attempts to...

Tullow to seek new Uganda buyer as farmdown runs out of time

Tullow Oil’s farmdown to Total and CNOOC of around 20% of its Ugandan licences terminated on 29 August, following the expiry of the sale and purchase agreements (SPAs). Tullow said it had been unable to secure a further extension. With a final...

Benin: Maria Gléta start-up

The 127MW Maria Gléta power plant near Cotonou was formally inaugurated on 30 August by energy minister Dona Jean-Claude Houssou. The plant comprises seven MAN 18V51/60DF gensets, which will mainly run on natural gas. The plant was built by a...

Tanzania: Zanzibar plans licensing round

The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has launched a tender for a multi-client 2D seismic survey in the deep offshore area to the east of the islands ahead of a licensing round planned for next year. A tender notice issued by the Zanzibar...

Angola: Aenergia contracts revoked

Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water has notified Angolan company Aenergia SA of its intention to terminate contracts for the installation, technical assistance and maintenance of power plants in the country. A presidential order on 23 August...

Tanzania: GE completes upgrades at Songas Ubungo

GE and Songas have completed upgrades to GE’s gas turbines at the Songas Ubungo power plant in Dar es Salaam. The upgrade of three LM6000PA and one LM6000PC aero-derivative gas turbines aims to increase the plant’s efficiency and reliability....

Algeria: Touat project starts gas exports

Neptune Energy and Sonatrach on 7 September announced the start of exports from the 450mcf/d (75,000 boe/d) Touat gas development. Located around 1,400km south-west of Algiers and close to Adrar, the development comprises 19 wells and a gas...

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