Africa > Energy

Energy in Africa

  • Connecting 7 Gigawatts of Power to Help Reinforce Egypt's Grid

    EGYPT, 2016/04/28 Egypt is going through a period of tremendous increase and economic diversification that is being fueled by new power supply for industrial, manufacturing and commercial development. However, building power plants is only the initial step in connecting new electricity to the grid. It's equally significant to expand the transmission and distribution infrastructure required to carry all that new electricity. GE Grid Solutions is supporting this effort with a recently announced transaction with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) to provide GE's advanced gas-insulated switchgear technology to four substations. These substations will help connect 7 gigawatts (GW) of power to the national grid, which are enough to meet the needs of additional than 6.5 million homes across Egypt. As Egypt approaches the hot summer months and the Holy month of Ramadan, this is a crucial project to reinforce Egypt's network during periods of peak request.
  • Combined cycle power plant project in Soyo, Angola, expected to cost US$900 million

    ANGOLA, 2016/03/26 The Combined Cycle Power Plant project in Soyo, Angola, will cost an estimated US$900 million and the natural gas-fired is expected to start operating in 2017, said Angola’s Minister for Energy and Water. This project includes several substations and transmission lines and will produce 750 megawatts of electricity, which will be able to supply much of the country’s energy needs, whether household or industrial. Minister João Baptista Borges, who Monday visited the high voltage and very high voltage substations in the city of Nzeto (Zaire province), of Capari and Catete, both in Luanda, said that the substations would be completed by the end the initial half of 2016.
  • Gabon looks longer term for oil benefits

    GABON, 2015/12/27 While the hydrocarbons sector continues to account for the majority of Gabon’s export revenues and remains one of the economy’s key drivers, plateauing production has prompted efforts to encourage new exploration, with some early success. After a decline in production from around 370,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 1997 to 236,000 bpd in 2013, oil production held steady last year at 236,000 bpd, according to BP’s “Statistical Review of World Energy” from June, despite the sharp fall in oil prices since mid-2014. Gabon is seeking to stabilise production around 250,000 bpd in the short term through new smaller discoveries and enhanced oil recovery techniques, before doubling production by 2025.
  • 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.
  • Nigeria’s power sector goes private

    NIGERIA, 2015/12/20 The privatisation of Nigeria’s power generation and distribution assets has paved the way for an increase in electrification, although ongoing issues with gas supply and distribution are proving a challenge. The government is looking for better private sector involvement to boost investment in the sector, which needs some $65bn worth of capital spending to reach the country’s target of 40,000 MW of generation capacity by 2020, according to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading. Window of opportunity The rationale behind the privatisation push – which was several years in the planning but finally materialised in 2013 – is clear: inefficiencies in Nigeria’s power sector have traditionally been a major constraint to increase, costing the 170m-person economy as much as $100bn per year, according to government estimates.
  • IAEA reviews Ghana’s roadmap to include nuclear power

    GHANA, 2015/11/23 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has met with key Agencies of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO) in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the gaps in the roadmap of the country’s Nuclear Power Programme (NPP) Schedule. The draft roadmap document, which stretches from pre-feasibility studies, to the commissioning of the initial nuclear power plant spans over the medium term period. Professor Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, in an address at the on-going conference, said the roadmap for the NPP has been drafted, following recommendations by IAEA experts on a visit to Ghana early this year. He said the aim of the experts was to develop a better considerate of the planning for a nuclear power infrastructure development, in order to prepare a response to a request from the country for a national project in the 2016-17 Technical Committee (TC) cycle.
  • uganda Refutes Power Import Claims By Kenya

    KENYA, 2015/10/09 Barely three days after Kenya power regulators said they have doubled their power exports to Uganda, a senior official from ministry of Energy has refuted the claims. On Sunday the Daily Monitor sister newspaper Business Daily reported that Kenya had since more than doubled its electricity sales to Uganda. In the report, it was stated that a total of 26.56 million Kilowatt-hours (kWh) were being exported to Uganda and Tanzania over the last 12 months up from 12.63 million kWh indicating a 110.2 per cent growth. In an interview with ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Kabagambe Kaliisa, it emerged that there has never been such a commercial transaction between the two neighbouring countries. He said: "There are no direct commercial power exports from Kenya to Uganda."
  • Zimbabwe: Zera Seeks Ban On Electrical Gadgets

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/10/09 The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority is pushing for legislation to ban importation and use of electrical gadgets that consume a lot of power, an official said. The new legislation being considered will prohibit the use of all electrical products, local and imported, that gobble too much power, as the country is facing deficits. Zera said the law will compel rating of all electrical appliances or gadgets for energy efficiency and provide for strict inspection of the same at the ports of entry. Zimbabwe has by presently crafted legislation prohibiting the use of incandescent lights/bulbs, as part of the widespread measures meant to manage its power crisis. Only on Wednesday, Government launched a programme to outlaw and replace electric geysers with solar water heaters to ameliorate the current power deficit. It is believed the initiative will result in power savings of 300MW to 400MW.
  • The Kaleta Hydropower Station project between China and the Republic of Guinea

    GUINEA, 2015/09/29 The Kaleta Hydropower Station, the major cooperative project between China and the Republic of Guinea, has gone into operation next three years of construction. All three of the plant's generators have started to yield electricity and they will generate 965 gigawatt hour of power per year, said the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank), which lent 335 million U.S. dollars to the project.
  • Diesel Prices in Morocco Are Lower than Worldwide Average

    MOROCCO, 2015/09/20 A new statement released on Monday by World Petrol Prices ranks Morocco part nations where the price of diesel is below the worldwide average (US $0.92 per liter). The statement noted that drivers pay on average $0.84 a liter for diesel in Morocco, which is considerably less than the price paid by drivers in Norway’s capital Oslo, at $1.59 a liter, placing Norway part the top three most expensive nations in the world for the said fuel. UK leads the inventory of world’s most expensive diesel at $1.67 a liter, followed by Israel ($1.60).