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Nigeria: As Heat Wave Intensifies FCT Residents Groan Over Poor Electricity Supply

[Leadership] Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs are crying out over worsening electricity supply, as the atmospheric temperature becomes increasingly intolerable.

Namibia: Nampower Ready for Eskom Shutdown

[Namibian] NAMPOWER has put in place mitigating measures to ensure the continuity of electricity supply to Namibia in the event that South Africa's power utility, Eskom, is 'unplugged'.

Angola: Angola Optimistic About Future of Oil Sector

[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angolan minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, reiterated, on Monday, optimism about the future of the oil sector in Angola, which presents itself with "great" potential.

South Africa: Community Activists Protesting Devastating Impacts of Coal Mine Shot At and Arrested

[groundWork] On the outskirts of Dannhauser, in KwaZulu-Natal, police used rubber bullets to shoot at a group of environmental justice community activists who were protesting peacefully outside of Ikwezi Mining's Kliprand Colliery in KwaZulu-Natal. The activists were trying to have their grievances heard by the management of Ikwezi, whose colliery operates in the local community's backyard.

Liberia: World Bank Strengthens Liberia's Electricity and Informal Business Sectors

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The World Bank and the government of Liberia on Monday signed the financial agreements for two projects, the Liberia Electricity Sector Strengthening, and Access Project (LESSAP) in the amount of US$ 64.2 million and the Recovery of Economic Activity for Liberian Informal Sector Employment (REALISE) project in the amount of US$10.

Nigeria: Varsities Groan Under Crazy Electricity Bills

[Vanguard] AS individuals are accusing electricity distribution companies, DISCOs, of giving them high electricity bills, popularly called 'crazy bills', educational institutions in the country are also reeling under the yoke of such bills, checks by Vanguard have revealed.

South Africa: Eskom Disposes of Non-Core Properties

[] As part of its efforts to raise funds from the disposal of non-core property, Eskom has announced the sale of two buildings to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation.

Nigeria: Power Generation Falls Further By 27% to 3,567MW

[Vanguard] Nigeria's power generation, Monday, dropped by 27 per cent to 3,567.30 megawatts, MW, as at 06hours compared to the 4,557.50MW peak generation at 22hours the previous day.

Uganda: Govt Sorry for Power Blackouts in North Uganda

[Monitor] The government has issued an apology over the continuous power blackouts in northern Uganda for the past decade.

Liberia: Liberia Electricity Corporation Gets Modern Customer Center

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) over the weekend dedicated a reconstructed state-of-the-art modern customer service center to enhance and improve relationships between their customers and staff.

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process

Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies said in a statement, represented the largest renewable-energy procurement deal from the private sector in South Africa and the renewable electricity generated by the IPPs would supply Sasol’s operations in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

Nigeria: Stakeholders List Measures to Develop Nigeria's Gas Sector

[This Day] Stakeholders in the Nigerian gas sector have listed a number of measures needed to be taken by both the government and operators to attract investments needed to develop the nation's abundant gas resources and boost the economy.

Kibo advances Benga power project with Mozambique energy utility

Africa-focused Kibo Energy and its local joint venture (JV) partners have agreed on the next steps towards the ultimate finalisation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) at the company’s Benga power plant project (BPPP), in Mozambique, following a discussion with Mozambique energy utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). During the meeting, the final optimised definitive feasibility study, inclusive of the updated grid integration study, and a summary of an updated draft financial model was presented and discussed as the fundamentals that will guide and focus the further course of the PPA process.

Western Sahara: Minister of Transport and Energy Received By Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines

[SPS] Algiers -- Minister of Transport and Energy, Mr. Salek Baba Hasna, was received today, Sunday, by the Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr. Mohamed Arkab.

Kenya: Why We Must Review Our Electricity Purchase Deals

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta formed a 15-member task force to review all the power purchase agreements that producers have entered into with Kenya Power with a view to giving the public value for money in reduced tariffs.

South Africa: Media Statement - Committee Chairperson Expressed Disappointment By Power Failure During Public Hearings

[Parliament of South Africa] The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, Ms Nolitha Ntobogwana, has expressed disappointment regarding the power failure which disrupted the public hearings programme on the Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] at the Lenyenye Community Hall in the Limpopo Province.

Wärtsilä converting 90 MW fuel oil power plant to LNG in Senegal

Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will convert the 90 MW Bel-Air heavy fuel oil power plant in Dakar, Senegal, to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The project is part of an interim LNG-to-power bridge solution, and is the first power plant gas conversion in Senegal, the company said on April 12.

Nigeria: Govt Will Achieve 5 Million Homes' Solar System Target - Osinbajo

[Vanguard] The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari's administration would provide electricity to 25 million Nigerians through off-grid connections to 5 million homes.

Liberia: LEC Dedicates New Customer Center

[NEWS] United States Ambassador to Liberia Michael A. McCarthy, along with the Minister of Mines and Energy Gesler Murray, on Thursday, April 8, 2021, cut ribbon to a newly refurbished state-of-the-art customer service center at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Waterside compound.

Kenya: Clients Owe Kenya Power Sh4 Billion for 2020

[Nation] Kenyans were unable to pay Sh3.9 billion to Kenya Power in the last financial year owing to the biting effects of Covid-19 scourge.

Renergen inks landmark Phase 2 helium contract

Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked its first helium sales agreement with a global tier-one automotive supplier in what is the company’s first direct-to-customer helium deal. For reasons of confidentiality, Renergen says that it is unable to disclose who the customer is or other details of the sales agreement.

Total to extend dominance in Africa with go-ahead for Uganda oil

Total’s likely decision to proceed with a $5.1-billion Ugandan oil project will extend its dominance as the biggest spender in sub-Saharan Africa. The French energy giant, poised to greenlight the plan within days, has been the largest investor in the region since 2012. Its spending on exploration and production there peaked at $6.2-billion eight years ago, and even following the latest downturn will be around $1.9-billion in 2021, Wood Mackenzie data show. That’s more than double any other international producer.

Uganda: Umeme Loses Shs98b to Power Theft

[Monitor] Power distributor Umeme says it has lost Shs8b in Jinja Sub-region, between January and March.

Africa: The Invisible Women in Energy - Biomass Producers Who Deserve More Recognition

[IPS] Washington DC -- As the world looks to address issues of gender equity, development and climate change, the importance of increasing the participation of women in the energy sector is gaining attention. To date, this topic has generally been framed around the underrepresentation of women in the energy workforce.

Gambia: Gambia Launches National Platform for Energy Nexus

[The Point] In a bid to promote and adopt sustainable energy solutions, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), on Wednesday launched the National Energy Nexus Platform at a ceremony held at a local hotel in Kololi.

Double Troika Summit orders ‘immediate technical deployment’ to Mozambique

The Extraordinary Double Troika Summit of heads of States and government of the Southern African Development Community has directed an immediate SADC Organ on Politics Defence and Security technical deployment to Mozambique following insurgent attacks in the northern town of Palma. Recent reports revealed that twelve people, possibly foreigners, were found beheaded after an Islamic State-claimed attack on Palma, near natural gas projects worth $60-billion.

Kenya: Irony of Lamu Village That Hosts Power Station but Has No Electricity

[Nation] Lamu's Ndeu village has no electricity despite hosting a substation supplying power to neighbouring communities.

Cylinder market expected to grow

The global liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder manufacturing market is projected to reach a market size of about $4.7-billion by 2026, with an average growth rate of about 3.6% during the forecast period, according to a report issued by market intelligence provider Transparency Market Research last month. LPG, sometimes also referred to as simply propane or butane, is typically stored in gas cylinders or tanks, which are pressure vessels that keep the LPG at above atmospheric pressure.

Algeria: Hydrocarbons - Government Examines Granting Reduced Rates of Royalty and Income Tax

[Algerie Presse Service] ALGIERS-The Government has examined a draft executive decree defining the modalities of granting reduced rates of the hydrocarbon royalty and income tax, said the Prime Ministry in a communiqué.

Twelve people, possibly foreigners, beheaded in attack on Mozambique gas hub town - police

Twelve people, possibly foreigners, were found beheaded following an Islamic State-claimed attack on the northern Mozambique town of Palma, near natural gas projects worth $60-billion, a local police commander told state TV station TVM. The police commander Pedro da Silva told journalists visiting the town that he could not be sure of the nationalities of the 12 people, but he believed they were foreigners because they were white.

South Africa: An Economy in Decline - Exploring the Role of Renewable Energy to Reverse Youth Unemployment

[Greenpeace] Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) recently released official statistics for unemployment since the national lockdown decimated South Africa, leading to a cumulative 16.4% contraction of the economy.

South Africa: Media Statement - Scopa Suspends Its Inquiry Into Eskom

[Parliament of South Africa] The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has today agreed to suspend its inquiry into multiple allegations of racism and financial mismanagement against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom, to allow the Eskom-initiated inquiry into related matters to run its course.

Ghana: Fix Energy Problems for Improved Social and Economic Lives

[Ghanaian Times] In recent weeks the country has been experiencing intermittent power outages and even where power is present, consumers experience low current and power surges.

Uganda: Era Shifts Focus to Two Power Consumer Groups, Cuts Tariffs

[Monitor] The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has reduced tariff for two consumer categories twice in a row while maintaining all the rest for more than nine months.

Namibia: Power Line Africa Wins N$660 Million Nampower Tender

[Namibian] THE Tsumeb-based electricity infrastructure construction company Power Line Africa (Pty) Ltd has won a tender to design and construct a power line for the national power corporation worth over N$660 million, excluding taxes.

Namibia: Nored Ex-Staff Members Charged With Fraud

[Namibian] THE northern electricity distributor (NoRED) has instituted criminal and civil cases against served of its former employees.