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South Africa: Load Shedding Possible On Thursday Evening, Warns Eskom

[Daily Maverick] Power utility Eskom has warned that it may implement load shedding on Thursday evening.

Renergen CEO discusses company, project investment case

JSE- and ASX-listed Renergen is aiming to supply between 12% and 15% of the world's helium with Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The project is owned by Renergen subsidiary, Tetra4.

South Africa: Eskom Warns of Possible Load Shedding As Cold Front Persists

[] Eskom has warned residents of possible load shedding on Thursday evening, which is also likely to persist throughout the weekend as demand for electricity peaks.

Zimbabwe: Stoneridge Residents Apologise to Power Utility

[The Herald] Residents of Stoneridge Park in Harare have apologised to Zesa Holdings for contracting a former employee of an approved contractor to make illegal electricity connections at their houses in a bid to cut costs.

Zimbabwe: Power Utility Fires Managers

[The Herald] Zesa has fired eight top managers, demoted two and suspended three while the other is serving three months' notice pending dismissal over malpractices picked up in the forensic audit published last year.

Air Products, partners to develop $5bn hydrogen-powered ammonia facility in Saudi Arabia

Gas supplier Air Products, renewable energy developer ACWA Power and NEOM, have signed an agreement for a $5-billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility, powered by renewable energy. The project will produce green ammonia for export to global markets and be jointly owned by the three partners.

Nigeria: NERC - 11 DISCOs Recorded N1.7 Trillion Deficit On Tariffs

[This Day] Adedayo Akinwale and Udora Orizu in Abuja

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres

United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appealed to governments on Thursday to place the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy at the “core” of their Covid-19 economic recovery spending. Guterres also used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transition Summit, which was hosted virtually and attended by 40 energy ministers from around the world, to bemoan the decision of some governments to direct stimulus spending towards struggling oil and gas companies or to support new coal projects.

Nigeria: AKK Pipeline Sets Stage for Nigeria's Economic Stability

[This Day] The federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has finally laid the long-awaited foundation for the country's economic recovery with the activation of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project.

Nigeria: Power Failure Dampening Nigerians' Hope for Devt - Gbajabiamila

[Daily Trust] The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the protracted power sector problem is dampening the hope of Nigerians for industrialization and overall development.

First inclined well at Renergen’s Virginia gas project to spud later this month

The first inclined well at emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is expected to spud late in July, and reach the primary target at the base of the Karoo sequence/top Wits formation late in August. This is the company’s first inclined well in the project and Renergen says it “is taking steps to maximise the probability of success”.

Sudan: Minister of Energy Reviews Prospects of Energy Cooperation With U.S. Deputy Chargé d'Affaires

[SNA] Khartoum -- The Minister of Energy and Mining Eng. Adel Ali Ibrahim has discussed the prospects of cooperation in the energy field with the US Deputy Chief of Mission to Sudan Ms Ellen B. Thorburn, in the presence of the General Manager of Sudapet Company, Eng. Ayman Abu Al-Goukh.

Nigeria: GENCOs, DISCOs, Have Failed Nigerians - Reps

[Vanguard] The House of Representatives declared yesterday that Power Generating Companies, GENCOs, and Distribution Companies, DISCOs have failed, saying they have disappointed the citizenry.

Tanzania: Tancoal Casting Eye On Big Export Drive

[Daily News] THE Tancoal Energy Limited Company is looking forward to export 40,000 tonnes of coal to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, any time after the countries declare that the coronavirus threat has vanished.

Nigeria: Another No to Increase in Electricity Tariffs

[Daily Trust] Last week Monday, the National Assembly torpedoed plans by power sector leaders to increase the cost of electricity supply in the country by as much as 50 percent.

Mozambique: EDM Owes Eight Billion Meticais to Hcb

[AIM] Maputo -- Mozambique's publicly owned electricity company, EDM, owes its main supplier, Hidrolectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), which operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi, about eight billion meticais (114.3 billion US dollars, at current exchange rates).

Kenya: Western Kenya to Wait Longer for Stable Power Supply

[Nation] Homes and industries in Western Kenya will have to wait longer for stable supply of electricity after the completion date for the Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu transmission line was pushed ahead again.

Sudan: First 'Solar Lab' Launched in Khartoum

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced that a joint Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization (SSMO)/UNDP 'Solar Lab' was launched in Khartoum on Monday to provide testing and certification services for solar energy technology. The lab's core function is to ensure the quality and longevity of imported solar systems, and support Sudan's solar revolution, the UNDP says.

Rwanda: Rwanda's Green Energy Sector Could Create 31,000 Jobs Annually - Report

[New Times] With ambitions of investing in renewable energy in Rwanda in the build-up to 2030, a new report has noted that the sector could lead to the creation of around 31,000 direct jobs every year.

South Africa: Undemocratic Push for Expansion of Petroleum Oil and Gas During Lockdown - the Virtual Walk Out!

[groundWork] The DMRE needs to notify all affected South Africans of national legislation through a comprehensive notification process and allow sufficient time and fair process for consultation. People cannot afford to travel across the country or use expensive technology.

Kenya: IPPs Accuse Kenya Power of 'Hiding Behind' COVID-19

[East African] Economic effects brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have caused a significant drop -- about eight per cent per month -- in electricity demand in Kenya.

South Africa: No Light At the End of Eskom's Tunnel Until Blockages Are Cleared

[Daily Maverick] The opacity at Eskom must end so that contracts can be re-examined to reveal corrupt or conflicted practices, the maintenance and rebuild must be quantified and the workforce repurposed with a credible plan actioned against the requirements of a stable baseload.

Malawi: Anti-Graft Body Probes Buinessman Nurmahomed Over Escom Deal

[Nyasa Times] The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is launching investigating against Asian businessman Ahmed Osman Nurmahomed over reports that Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) spent $3,288,750.00 which is about K2, 450,118,750.00 purchasing Light Emitting Diode (Led) bulbs from his company few days before the fresh presidential elections.

Zimbabwe: $25k Reward for Arrest of Stoneridge Zesa Saga Culprit

[The Herald] A $25 000 reward has been offered to anyone with information that might assist police arrest a former employee of an approved contractor, who made illegal electricity connections in Stoneridge, Harare.

Zimbabwe: Swiss Embassy Goes Green

[The Herald] The Swiss embassy in Harare can now generate 160kW through its eight large solar panels, the largest solar facility at a Swiss embassy in the region.

RBR progressing with training operations in Mozambique

Resource, construction and oil and gas service provider RBR Group, which has operations in Mozambique, reports that its Palma training, labour and general corporate administration operations are progressing, while its Wentworth training and operations base’s refurbishment is reaching finalisation. Security has been upgraded at the Wentworth facility, as has connection to the electricity grid. New water reticulation and sewerage connections are also being installed.

Tanzania: Tanesco's Power Projects Run By Locals

[Daily News] TANZANIA Electricity Corporation (Tanesco), has been credited for letting modern power generation projects be run by indigenous professionals.

Nigeria: NDDMB Signs U.S.$25 Million Deal On Energy Park, Blending Plant in Edo, Bayelsa

[This Day] Abuja -- The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has signed two separate equity investment agreements with Duport Midstream Company for the establishment of an energy park in Egbokor, Edo State and Eraskon Nigeria Limited, for a lubricating oils blending plant in Gbarain, Bayelsa State, both worth about $25 million.

South Africa: Shack Settlement Left Without Power or Medicine

[New Frame] Creating a road blockade from felled trees was the only way Zweledinga residents in Port Elizabeth felt they could draw attention to their plight after the municipality disconnected their electricity.

Nigeria: Delivering AKK Gas Pipeline

[This Day] Having successfully delivered the construction of the Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben Gas Pipeline, Oilserv Limited has moved to the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline where it is handling the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the first 303kilometer portion of the 614kilometer gas infrastructure project.

Nigeria: Blackout Looms As Fire Razes Kano DISCO Substation

[This Day] Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

Africa’s biggest investment takes shape under Islamist threat

Dozens of soldiers clutching AK-47s and grenade launchers watch over roaring bulldozers on the white sand beach that meets a tropical turquoise sea. They’re guarding Africa’s biggest investment: a $23 billion project to export Mozambique’s natural gas from an area increasingly besieged by an Islamist insurgency. Companies led by Total SA will pump the gas from wells about 40 kilometers (25 miles) offshore, cool it to temperatures below minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit so that it turns to liquid, then ship it to electricity plants from France to China. The consortium is about to finalize almost $16-billion in project financing -- another record for the continent.

Renergen believes Virginia project could relieve global helium shortage woes

Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen says its Virginia project, in South Africa’s Free State province, has the potential to be the answer to the world’s helium shortage woes following a recent helium prospective resources report, which confirms that the project has undiscovered gross recoverable helium volumes of more than 344-billion cubic feet (bcf). With the world consuming an average of 80 t of helium a day, Renergen CEO Stefano Marani tells Engineering News that the report has given the company the necessary data to begin planning Phase 2 of the project, “and [the company’s] intention is that Phase 2 will supply enough helium to overcome long-term shortfalls”.

Nigeria: How Gas Pipeline Will Aid Nigeria's Economic Development

[Daily Trust] Abuja, Lagos, Yenagoa -- The Federal Government, on Tuesday, flagged off the construction phase of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline laying project, which will be concluded in 2023. What is the significant of this multibillion naira project to the country's economy?

Mozambique: Sasol Relinquishes Inhambane Blocks

[AIM] Maputo -- The South African petrochemical company Sasol has relinquished its exploration licence for two blocks off the coast of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane.

Zimbabwe: Collen Bawn Solar Project Gets Investor

[The Herald] Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Zimbabwe has secured an investor to build and operate a 32MW solar power plant in Collen Bawn, Matabeleland South.