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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...

Senegal: FID for Sangomar development

Woodside Energy and its partners announced a final investment decision (FID) for the Sangomar field development at a signing ceremony in Dakar on 14 January. The FID comes after the government granted a 25-year exploitation authorisation on 8...

Nigeria: EDP invests in Rensource

EDP Renováveis, the renewable energy arm of Portugal’s state power utility, announced on 23 December that it would invest $3m in decentralised solar system supplier Rensource Energy to support its expansion in Nigeria. The investment, which was...

Nigeria: Lekoil scammed by fake Qataris

Nigeria’s Lekoil has admitted it was scammed by intermediaries purporting to offer a $184m loan from the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for appraisal and development of the Ogo field in OPL 310. AIM-listed Lekoil said it had met individuals...

Nigeria: FID for NLNG Train 7

Eni and its partners in Nigeria LNG announced a final investment decision (FID) on 27 December for the long-mooted Train 7 expansion of the plant. The development will increase NLNG’s production capacity to more than 30m t/yr from the current 22....

Namibia: Land secured for Lüderitz wind park development

Independent power producer Diaz Wind Power, a subsidiary of United Africa Group (UAG), has secured the land for a 44MW wind farm at Lüderitz in Namibia’s south-western Karas region. A land lease agreement was signed with the Ministry of...

Mozambique: Metoro solar project begins construction

France’s Neoen announced on 19 December that it had reached financial close on its 41MWp Metoro solar PV project. Portugal’s Efacec has started to build the plant, which will be the second utility-scale solar project supplying Mozambique’s...

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