Energy in West Africa

  • Gambia: Halifa Sallah Visits Treatment Plant in Copenhagen

    GAMBIA, 2017/08/18 To have initial-hand data on the Management of liquid waste Halifa Sallah accompanied by a Marine Engineer of Gambian origin resident in Copenhagen, Mr. Momodou Camara and other members of the Gambia organisation in Denmark visited Biofos the major wastewater company in Denmark. Biofos treats wastewater of 1.2 million inhabitants in the Copenhagen metropolitan area, at three plants. Monday's visit was at Damhusåen which was very educative for both the Member of Parliament and the other members of visiting team.
  • Energy in Ghana Moving from hydro to a hybrid power generation system

    GHANA, 2017/07/02 In this interview with Upper Reach, Fred Oware, CEO of Bui Power Authority, discusses the opportunities and challenges in Ghana’s energy sector and the contribution of the Bui Power Authority to the country’s generation capacity We recently sat with Minister of Energy who said that the West African power pool had been struggling and that with energy request increasing in the region it was imperative that nations share its resources. In your opinion, where is better integration and cooperation needed between Ecowas members and what is the potential for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to address the power supply deficiency in the region?
  • Energy in Ghana Tackling the ‘dumsor’ crisis

    GHANA, 2017/07/02 President Nana Akufo-Addo came to power in January with a number of significant economic challenges to address – amongst them is Ghana’s power crisis, known locally as ‘dumsor’ (a term used to describe the persistent, irregular and unpredictable electric power outages). In 2015, the IMF called the energy crisis the “single-most significant risk” to Ghana putting its economy back on the path to robust economic increase, which it was enjoying up until 2014, at the same time as the commodities crisis took hold. GDP increase has slowed dramatically from the highs of 14 % in 2011, to 3.5 % in 2016. Increase in Q1 of 2017 accelerated to 6.6 % – a sign that things are moving in the right direction. But to maintain high-increase levels, it is estimated that Ghana must add an additional 2,000 MW to its generation capacity over the next five years.
  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • Nigeria rolling out investment incentives to improve power generation

    NIGERIA, 2016/12/25 Three years next the start of Nigeria’s power privatisation programme, the government is looking to burnish the attractiveness of the sector by providing a range of new incentives and guarantees. Extending partial risk guarantees In November the World Bank and national-owned Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) signed a partial risk guarantee (PRG) agreement for integrated gas company Seven Energy to supply 3.7m cu metres of gas to the $500m Calabar gas plant in Calabar City, as part of a number of deals expected to add 500 MW to the national grid.
  • William Amuna, CEO, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), on infrastructure

    GHANA, 2016/12/24 What are the priorities for GRIDCo in terms of investment maintenance and upgrades? WILLIAM AMUNA: If you look at Ghana, around 85% of the people has reliable access to electricity. A major reason for this is a widespread energy network spread across all 10 regions within the country, and there are plans to improve infrastructure to additional districts. Significantly extending transmission is an achievable target, which will be helped by the construction of backbones or major transmission lines.
  • Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative makes slow progress

    UNITED STATES, 2016/07/25 Crumbling, mismanaged energy systems have long been an oppressive brake on economic increase in the region’s 49 nations, which have less grid-connected electricity than South Korea and about 600m power-starved people. However, three years next Mr Obama promised to bring “light where currently there is darkness” and “clean energy to protect our planet”, evolution on the ground is proving painfully slow. The Power Africa programme, which the president launched in 2013, is supposed to add 30,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030, equal to nearly a third of sub-Saharan Africa’s existing generating capacity.
  • Mauritania, Senegal Agree on Mutual Exploitation of Gas Field

    DAKAR CITY, 2016/07/15 Nouakchott and Dakar have come to an agreement to work jointly and share returns of gas production off their coasts by the American energy company, Kosmos, reports say. Presidents of both nations have reportedly given instructions to their respective energy companies; Petrosen in Senegal and Smhpm of Mauritania to continue working with the American giant for gas exploration and production. Kosmos Energy, active in both nations and major actor of gas exploitation in Senegal, announced it signed a Memorandum of Considerate (MoU) with the two national-owned companies entailing collaboration between the two governments.
  • Ghana steps up to secure electricity supply

    GHANA, 2016/06/19 The start of new gas production in Ghana has significantly improved the prospects for long-term increase in the country, although efforts to exploit domestic reserves for local power generation faced a minor setback before this year. While Ghana’s hydrocarbons sector has seen relatively stable output over the initial few months of 2016, a two-week period of inspection and maintenance work on the Kwame Nkrumah, a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, led to a temporary drop in gas supply to the power sector. The shutdown slowed gas supply to the Volta River Authority’s (VRA) thermal generating facilities in Aboadze, reducing output by 250 MW, according to local media.
  • Ghana to bridge power shortfall with mix of new capacity and domestic fuel supply

    GHANA, 2015/12/27 New capacity and improved supplies of feedstock could mark the end of load shedding in Ghana, spelling good news for manufacturing and service industries alike. Ghana’s rapid economic expansion, largely driven by the development of the country’s oil industry, and supply disruptions have put increased pressure on utilities in recent years. Estimates from the Ministry of Power (MoP) indicate that electricity request is rising by as much as 12% per annum, while the country’s gas supply from Nigeria has suffered from intermittent flows. While investment in capacity and supply sourcing has fallen behind the fast pace of increase, new projects coming on-stream could herald a shift in the energy balance.