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Ethiopia: Bids sought for solar PV mini-grids

The Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) has invited sealed bids by 11 November for the design, supply, construction and commissioning of mini-grid solar PV projects in 25 rural towns and villages. The projects, which will entail the construction of...

Equatorial Guinea: Russian deals in prospect

Equatorial Guinea has signalled that an agreement with Gazprom, Lukoil and Rosneft could emerge from the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on 23-24 October. A Russian news report, retweeted by minister of mines and hydrocarbons Gabriel Mbaga Obiang...

Côte d’Ivoire: Consultant sought for Kossou floating PV project

CI-Energies is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 30 October to assist with the construction of a floating solar PV project on Lake Kossou in north-central Côte d’Ivoire. The project, with an installed capacity of 10-20MWp, is to...

Chad: AfDB funding for Djermaya solar plant

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on 26 September approved a loan of €18m ($20m) and a partial risk guarantee for the 32MWp first phase of the Djermaya solar PV plant. The plant, Chad’s first utility-scale renewable...

Central African Republic: Electrification study

The Ministry of Public Works and Road Maintenance is seeking expressions of interest from consultants for a rural electrification study and development of an investment plan.

Benin: AfDB funding for rural power

The African Development Bank board approved a loan of €61.77m ($70m) to the government of Benin on 26 September to finance a rural electrification project targeting 309 communities. The three-year project aims to benefit 1m people and increase...

Angola: ANPG sets out bid round terms

The new Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG) on 2 October published bidding parameters for the ten blocks in the 2019 bid round. The terms, published on the ANPG website, include a carried 20% stake for state oil company...

Algeria: ExxonMobil joins Alnaft study

ExxonMobil signed an agreement with regulator Agence Nationale pour la Valorisation des Ressources en Hydrocarbures (Alnaft) on 29 September to participate in a study assessing the hydrocarbon potential of basins in the Algerian Sahara. Exxon has...

Scatec Solar launches ambitious solar hybrid leasing platform

Norwegian solar power developer Scatec Solar has launched a new solar hybrid leasing platform named Release. The company joins FTSE 100 leasing behemoth Aggreko, which launched its first hybrid system at the Bisha gold mine in Eritrea in 2018. US...

Community engagement means asking the people’s view

Project developers and financiers spend inordinate amounts of time and money assessing risks and their mitigation. But when traditional credit and political risk calculations are being made, they still too often overlook the populations whose...

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