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Nigeria: Ijaw Youths, Heritage Energy Trade Blame

[This Day] The Ijaw Youths Council ( IYC), the umbrella body of all Ijaw youths in the Niger Delta, has accused Heritage Energy Operational Services, Limited (HEOSL), operators of the Operational Mining Licence (OML) 30, of impoverishing the people of the region while making other Nigerians billionaires from their activities in the region.

Engen refinery temporarily shut amid low demand

The Durban-based petroleum refinery of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products distributor and marketer Engen has undergone a temporary controlled shut down, effective March 27, as a result of forecasted lower demand for petroleum products during the national lockdown which came into effect from on the same day. The Engen refinery produces about 17% of South Africa’s fuel.

Sasol ramps up sanitiser chemicals production

JSE-listed petrochemicals giant Sasol has developed a new unique blend of alcohol-based chemicals to be used in the manufacture of hand sanitisers to help address the increase in market demand for these products. “While global demand and pricing for ethanol and isopropanol alcohol has increased due to higher demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Sasol has prioritised local supply and prices for South African sales have remained stable,” says Sasol president and CEO Fleetwood Grobler.

South Africa: Much Greater Levels of Transparency Are Needed From Eskom

[Daily Maverick] For far too long, reports by the president's advisory task team and the Minister of Public Enterprises' technical task team on Eskom have been kept secret and out of the eyes of stakeholders and the public.

Nigeria: Power Supply Drops to 3,899mw Over Sustained Gas Shortage

[This Day] Despite the claim by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that gas shortage to power generating plants would only last for 10 days from March 8, THISDAY finding has shown that the crisis is still lingering.

Namibia: Solar Power Installation to Enhance Local Dressmaker's Productivity

[Namibia Economist] Selma Nampila, a traditional and bridesmaids dressmaker based in Windhoek's informal settlement, Havana recently received solar power installation at her business worth N$28 400, to increase the efficiency of her tailoring business.

South Africa: Minerals and Energy On Electricity Regulation Act Amendments

[Govt of SA] Amendment to Schedule 2 gives effect to 2020 SONA commitments

Zimbabwe: Failure to Switch Off Street Lights Bleeds City

[The Herald] Lack of basic switches to turn off street lights during the day maybe costing Harare City Council thousands of dollars monthly.

Zimbabwe: Boy Electrocuted After Stepping On Power Cables

[New Zimbabwe] Chipinge -A 15 year-old boy was electrocuted to death last week after he stepped on faulty Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) cables while walking from school.

Tanzania: Electricity Generation Increases By 7.2 Percent

[Daily News] THE electricity generated and distributed went up by 7.2 percent to a cumulative output of 1,941,923.8 megawatts from 1,811,474 registered in the corresponding quarter in 2018, supporting the continued efforts to build industrial economy.

Uganda: More Ugandans to Get Connected to the Power Grid for Free

[Observer] Christoper Tumuhimbise knows a thing or two about the price one pays for making an illegal electrical connection in a premise without a permit. A swift operation by enforcement teams grabbed Tumuhimbise, from where he was charged at the Standards, Utility and Wildlife court. In February 2017, Tumuhimbise was found guilty.

Zimbabwe: AfDB Facility Attracts U.S.$160 Million

[The Herald] The African Development Bank's facility for energy inclusion aimed at supporting small-scale renewable energy projects across the continent has so far attracted close to US$160 million in commitments.

South Africa: An Uncomfortable Truth

[Africa In Fact] South Africa and weapons: a dirty history - There is evidence that the motives for the murder of three prominent antiapartheid activists were much more complex than official narratives suggest

South Africa: Load Shedding Unlikely During Lockdown

[SAnews.gov.za] Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the possibility of load shedding during the 21-day nationwide lockdown is unlikely.

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that coal stocks at its power stations were healthy, with at least 20 days of supplies at all stations, before a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak starting at midnight on Thursday. Eskom said all its activities were considered "essential services" under labour law and that it would apply for an exemption from the 21-day lockdown for critical staff. It has asked coal miners, coal transporters and freight company Transnet to continue coal supply operations during the lockdown.

South Africa: Coal Companies to Supply Eskom, but NUM Source Says Only From Stockpiles

[Daily Maverick] Eskom says coal deliveries to its power stations will continue during the lockdown. A source with the National Union of Mineworkers says this will only be stockpiles and that its only members who are going to work will be those required for 'care and maintenance' operations when the mines shut.

South Africa: Eskom Fights Tooth and Nail for Massive Price Increases in the Years Ahead

[Daily Maverick] Through the courts and an application to Nersa, Eskom is seeking to claw back massive additional revenue from electricity customers via tariffs -- over and above its normal annual electricity price increases.

DMRE, petroleum and mining industries developing framework to execute lockdown

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe met with the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) and the Minerals Council South Africa on March 24 to consolidate plans to deal with the impact of Covid-19. The meeting follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the evening of March 23 of a national lockdown for 21 days.

Nigeria: NERC Considering 'Take or Pay' Penalty for DISCOs

[This Day] The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that it may set up a new regulatory penalty to curtail reported practices of electricity load rejection by some distribution companies (Discos) in Nigeria.

Liberia: Liberia Electricity Corporation Management to Appear Before House of Reps. to Explain Spontaneous Fire Incidents On Electric Poles

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) is expected to appear before the House of Representatives today, March 24, to explain reasons behind spontaneous fire incidents on light poles across Monrovia and its surroundings.

Nigeria: NCDMB Earmarks U.S.$50m for Research, Development

[This Day] The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has said it is instituting a $50 million intervention fund in support of Research and Development (R&D) in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

Tanzania: Tanzania Leads Africa in Rural Electrification, Says Minister

[Daily News] TANZANIA's 73.4 per cent of the villages are now electrified, making the country excel on the continent with its largest population being able to access reliable and affordable power supply, according to Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani.

Sudan: Khartoum State - American Offers On Producing Cooking Gas From Wastes

[SNA] Khartoum -Khartoum State has been studying offers presented by US companies including establishment of factories for recycling wastes for producing cooking gas, fuels and cleaned power.

Cameroon: Oil & Gas/Energy - Investors Seek More Economic Impact

[Cameroon Tribune] The sharp drop in oil prices in 2014 affected many African countries whose economies are heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues.

South Africa: No Load Shedding Expected Today, Says Eskom

[SAnews.gov.za] While no load shedding is expected today, Eskom says the possibility that it might be implemented still remains as the power generation system is constrained and vulnerable.

Chemicals, oil projects under threat following coronavirus outbreak

In the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and collapse in crude oil prices, midstream chemicals, oil and gas companies must cut capital expenditure (capex) for growth projects to preserve cash, Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (Icis) said in a statement on Monday. The US and global chemical investment wave, subsequently, looks to slow considerably in the years ahead.

South Africa: Low Probability of Load Shedding This Week

[SAnews.gov.za] While the power system remains constrained and vulnerable, Eskom is not expecting to implement any load shedding this week.

Ghana: Kaleo Solar Power Project Progresses Steadily

[Ghanaian Times] Kaleo -Work is progressing steadily on the 20.4 hectare land acquired to construct a 13 megawatts solar power plant at Kaleo in the Nadowli Kaleo District of the Upper West Region.

Sasol appoints Harper to board, audit committee

JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol has appointed Katharine Harper independent nonexecutive director and audit committee member, effective April 1. Harper, who is based in the US, is currently the CFO of global logistics company BDP International. She also serves as a nonexecutive director for the American Lung Association.

South Africa: Power Shift - Draft Ministerial Determinations Propose 13,813 MW of New-Build By IPPS - None By Eskom

[Daily Maverick] Two so-called draft "S34 determinations" by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) are the first step in the process of procurement of new electricity generation capacity in South Africa totalling some 13,813 MW from independent power producers (IPPs).

Angola: Cuito Thermal Power Station On an Experimental Basis

[ANGOP] Cuito -The new 20-megawatt thermal power located in Cuito, central Bié province, has been working on an experimental basis since February 2020, according to director of Provincial Office of Infrastructure and Technical Services.

Tanzania: Country Ranked Second in Continental Radiation Safety Control

[Daily News] TANZANIA has been ranked the second country in Sub- Saharan Africa for putting in place a modern laboratory complex that increases safety and control of radiation sources locally.

Namibia: Keetmanshoop Reduces Electricity Tariffs for the Poor

[Namibian] The Keetmanshoop Municipality has introduced a residential social responsibility tariff of up to 15 ampere for low-income residents.

Zimbabwe: Renewable Energy Policies Vital for Power Sustenance

[The Herald] The launch of the National Renewable Energy Policy (NREP) and the Bio-fuels Policy of Zimbabwe represents a major milestone in our country's efforts to catalyse the transition to renewable energy -- a key step in the attainment of Strategic Development Goal (SDG) number 7, which seeks to ensure universal energy access to all.

South Africa: Eskom Board Orders Investigation Into COO

[SAnews.gov.za] The Eskom board has ordered an independent investigation into allegations of corruption against its chief operating officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer.

Congo-Kinshasa: SA Advised to Cancel Its Commitment to Giant DRC Hydroelectric Power Project, Says New Report

[Daily Maverick] Authors of the report contend that power from the controversial project would probably be more expensive than other domestic sources and could soon become completely unnecessary as the local Medupi and Kusile power stations and increasing renewable energy production eventually come on stream.