Power developments in Africa, May 2017

May 10th, 2017, Published in Articles: Energize

Improving South Sudan’s electricity distribution

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a supplementary loan of US$14,57-million to rehabilitate and expand the distribution networks in Juba, South Sudan. The power distribution system rehabilitation and expansion project aims at strengthening the distribution networks in Juba to provide reliable electricity supply. The project consists of the construction of 145 km of 33 kV lines; 370 km of 415/230 v lines; the purchase and installation of 195 transformer stations, as well as 20 000 prepaid meters for connecting new customers.

Solar power development in Nigeria

Access Infra Africa signed a joint development agreement with Quaint Global Energy Solutions to invest in the $100-million Abiba Solar Project, a 50 MW solar power plant being developed in Kaduna state. Once completed, this solar power plant will generate 82 500 MWh of electricity. This investment was originated through the Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition, an innovative Africa-focused platform designed to bridge the gap between early-stage renewable energy projects and the resources they require to become operational.

Algeria to address electricity demand

The Algeria Electricity and Water expo will take place from 6 – 8 November 2017 in Algiers. It is the largest exhibition devoted to the country’s electricity sector and will provide a range of procurement solutions for IPPs operating in Algeria and other African countries. The event aims to bring together experts to share ideas on business opportunities brought about by the country’s growing electricity demand. To sustain the growth in demand, Algeria needs to add 1500 MW in fresh generating capacity each year.

Egypt megaproject reaches milestone

The first phase of Siemens’ megaproject in Egypt has been completed, with 4,8 GW of new capacity added to the grid only 18 months after the signing of the contract. The project consists of three gas-fired power plants, located at Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus. Once completed, the project will boost the country’s power generation capacity by 45% with a combined capacity of 14,4 GW. The company says it has successfully put the first three substations into operation.

Electricity access project in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire has received a $325-million credit from the World Bank for an electricity transmission and access project. The project will finance priority investments to strengthen the national grid and increase reliability of supply. It will also accelerate access to electricity for the population in ten regional capital cities and rural areas by supporting the government’s “Electricity for All” programme, which is expected to bring access to electricity to around one-million low-income households over five years by financing the connection fee through a revolving fund.

Burkina Faso mine to get solar power

Iamgold has signed a power purchase agreement among Iamgold Essakane SA, Eren Renewable Energy SA, Aren Energy and Essakane Solar SAS to begin the development of a solar power plant for Iamgold’s Essakane mine in Burkina Faso. The mine is located 330 km northeast of the Burkinabe capital city, Ouagadougou. In the project’s first phase, 15 MW of solar capacity will be built and the hybridisation of Iamgold Essakane SA’s HFO power plant will allow savings of approximately 6-million litres of fuel.

Celebrity brings solar power to Gambia

International musician and entrepreneur, Akon (Alioune Badara Thiam), and the co-founders of Akon Lighting Africa recently visited Gambia to launch the donated pilot solar project site at Sare Pateh Jamwelly in Kombo North district. Akon Lighting Africa is an initiative to bring renewable and affordable energy solutions to rural areas in Africa. The project in Gambia consisted of a donation of 20 solar street lights, a water filtering system for a local school including a rooftop solar system, and charging stations for mobile phones.

Boost for Tanzania’s natural gas sector

Tanzania has started a project to mobilise its domestic resources and unlock the potential of its natural gas resources through leveraging domestic markets and local content initiatives. This initiative is helped by the approval of a US$29,8-million load from African Development Bank (AfDB). The project will help Tanzania capture the best value from its natural gas resources through a sound regulatory framework to manage natural gas reserves and to attract investment, and will contribute to designing strategies for domestication of natural gas.

Hydroelectric power project in Angola

US-based Dominovas Energy Corporation has been invited by the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA) to secure the exclusive right to an 18 MW hydroelectric project. The project will be located in north-western Angola, and will produce over 150-million kWh of electricity per year This hydro project will represent an estimated US$90-million investment to Angola’s energy sector. The deployment will be facilitated using EPC, suppliers and vendors that focus on hydroelectric power generation solutions with minimal impact to the environment.

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