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South Africa: Media Statement - Westville Residents Call for Gas Amendment Bill to Be Inclusive

[Parliament of South Africa] The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy concluded the KwaZulu-Natal leg of the public hearings on the Gas Amendment Bill in Durban's Westville community today, where the participants called for, among other things, the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policy to work for them.

Big fuel price hikes announced for Wednesday

The petrol price will be hiked by 81c a litre on Wednesday, while diesel will go up by between 72.5c a litre (0.05% sulphur) and 74.5c (0.005% sulphur), the department of mineral resources and energy announced. The latest price hike will push the price of petrol - currently around R19.50 a litre - to above R20 in Gauteng and other inland provinces. At the start of November, petrol prices were hiked by R1.21, while diesel increased by R1.48. Illuminating paraffin will go up by 42.2c/l, while the maximum LPGas retail price will be increased by 183.00c/kg from 1 December.

Nigeria: Cooking Gas - Govt Should Tackle Foreign Exchange, High Prices, Instability - Stakeholders

[Vanguard] Experts, investors and others have urged the Federal Government to end the prolonged era of foreign exchange, high prices and instability in Nigeria's Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG sector.

Malawi: Giz Installs ?42m Solar Rooftop

[Nyasa Times] The German Ambassador to Malawi, Andreas Trimmermann, said the installation of a ?45 million solar rooftop system demonstrates how government, international organizations and the private sector can jointly solve energy related challenges.

Renergen offering 20 Cryo-Vacc units for any company’s use in Dec

In light of the anticipated fourth wave of Covid-19 infections that is about to grip the country, South African company Renergen is offering the use of 20 of its Jumbo Cryo-Vacc units, at its own cost, for December, to assist in ensuring safe transportation of the estimated 16-million doses. This offer is open to any organisation currently involved in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

Tanzania: Kigoma and Katavi to Get National Grid Electricity in 2022

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Kigoma and Katavi regions are set to be connected to national grid electricity by the end of 2022.

Nigeria: Electricity - Lagos Gov Moves to Deliver 50 Megawatts/20 Hourss to Residents

[Vanguard] The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to deliver 50 MegaWatt of electricity for 20 hours daily to residents through the Lagos State Electricity Policy.

Nigeria: Russian Investors Targets Nigeria Agriculture, Oil & Gas Sectors

[This Day] Gilbert Ekugbe

South Africa: Ramaphosa Backs Just Transition - Insists SA's Sovereignty Not for Sale in R131bn COP26 Financing Offer

[Daily Maverick] President Cyril Ramaphosa made his strongest statement yet in favour of a partial privatisation of electricity generation, repeatedly labelling Eskom a monopoly that is dangerous for the country. He was speaking during his parliamentary Q&A on Thursday.

Rwanda: Kigali Rotaract Club Lights Up 15 Homes in Bugesera

[New Times] Members of the Rotaract Club of Kigali over the weekend donated solar panels to 15 vulnerable families in Bugesera District, to help children in these families be able to revise their school work while at home.

Africa: 'Invest in Renewable Energy to Address Power Challenges On the Continent'

[Ghanaian Times] African governments must increase investment in renewal energy to address the power challenges facing the continent, Kunmi Odunoku, Product Manager, West Africa, Eaton International Industries, Nigeria Limited, has said.

Cameroon: Fishermen Harvest Invasive Aquatic Fern to Create Energy Source #AfricaClimateCrisis

[VOA] Dizangué -- Cameroon's largest lake, Lake Ossa, has been invaded by Salvinia molesta, an aquatic fern native to Brazil that hinders navigation, makes fishing impossible and blocks water access. To combat the spreading plant, a local aid group is training fishermen to harvest the fern and transform it into organic coal.

South Africa: Replies By President Cyril Ramaphosa to Questions for Oral Reply in the National Assembly


South Africa: Energy Reforms to Allow Municipalities to Generate, Buy Electricity

[] President Cyril Ramaphosa says as part of measures to improve electricity generation to deal with load shedding, municipalities will soon be allowed to generate and buy electricity from independent power producers to unburden the grid.

Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again

Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's answers to sceptical questions from lawmakers in Parliament about the R131-billion just transition financing offer announced on the sidelines of COP 26, about what South Africa should seek to secure during upcoming talks on the proposed financing package and about developments in the green hydrogen space in Namibia and South Africa.

Nigeria: Ikeja Electric's Unrestrained Fleecing of Customers

[This Day] Alexander community, Lagos' plight illustrates how big power companies cheat customers.

Nigeria: NNPC, GACN, Nasarawa Sign Gas Supply MoU

[This Day] Lafia -- The Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) and Nasarawa State government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of gas to industries and investors in Nasarawa State.

Kenya: KenGen Projects Worth Sh84 Billion Not Generating Revenues

[Nation] Power generator KenGen is spending millions servicing loans for projects worth Sh84 billion that don't bring in revenues.

Energy efficiency should be prioritised as South Africa walks supply tightrope

As the world looks to develop sustainable energy industries, mitigate the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, energy efficiency has been emphasised as an integral part of the efforts to attain these objectives. Countries are falling well short of benchmarks, including those to reduce carbon emissions, with efforts having to be spurred on globally to ensure that targets are met.

Vitol agrees to buy rest of Vivo Energy in $2.3bn deal

Trading giant Vitol Group agreed to buy Vivo Energy in a deal valuing the fuel retailer at about $2.3-billion. The deal will bring Vivo assets back in house for the oil trader, which sold shares in the retailer in 2018 in what was one of the biggest initial public offerings on the London Stock Exchange that year. The offer shows Vitol is willing to spend to find outlets for its traditional fuels amid the energy transition.

Africa: Commitments Signed to Build an Electric Battery Industry in the DRC

[allAfrica] The DRC-Africa Business Forum 2021 kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, November 24 in the Congolese capital. A series of firm commitments have been signed for the development of a battery minerals industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This in the hope of getting started within two years.

Congo-Kinshasa: The Pitfalls to be Overcome for the Integration of the Congolese in the Value Chain of the Electric Battery Industry

[allAfrica] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has all the potential to become an industrial hub for batteries and electric vehicles. To achieve this, the country of Félix Antoine Tshisekedi will have to meet the energy challenge and an attractive business environment that can facilitate Congolese integration of the value chain with strong economic potential.

Uganda: Govt Working On Law to Penalise Power Wastage

[Monitor] Government is working on a law that will penalize and punish businesses and households that waste power.

Wärtsilä reaches 7 GW installed power capacity milestone in Africa

Technology group Wärtsilä now has 600 power plants commissioned in 46 African countries. The group first began operating in Africa in Tanzania in 1975. Since then, the group has delivered more than 600 installations, supplied power plants in 46 countries, generating 25% of the national electricity supply in over 25 countries, it notes.

South Africa: South Africans Push Back On Shell's Wild Coast Plan #AfricaClimateCrisis

[New Frame] An oil and gas exploration survey off the Eastern Cape coast is scheduled to start in December. But fishers, residents, environmentalists and activists around the country want none of it.

Kenya: KenGen Starts Drilling Geothermal Well in Djibouti

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has commenced drilling of the first of three geothermal wells in Djibouti setting in motion a Ksh.0.7 billion contract signed in February this year.

South Africa: Labour in Peril As Just Transition Hits Cul-De-Sac #AfricaClimateCrisis

[New Frame] In moving to a low-carbon economy, South African workers may lose out as unions weaken and renewable energy components continue to be imported at the expense of local jobs.

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam to Host Next Year's Energy Congress

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Players in the energy sector will converge in Dar es Salaam next year at the fourth edition of the Tanzania Energy Congress where they will deliberate on issues pertaining to plans and priorities of the Ministry of Energy with regards to the next strategic steps in both the energy and hydrocarbons sectors in Tanzania.

Kenya: Lokichar, the Oil Town of Turkana, Hit By Prolonged Blackout

[Nation] Residents of Lokichar town in Turkana South sub-county have been without power for four days now, with business operations and government services paralysed.

Africa has opportunity to create sustainable, low-carbon economies – report

African countries, including South Africa, face major climate-related challenges, but they also have the opportunity to achieve sustainable low-carbon economies, a new report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) states. The report, titled ‘Building a Climate-Resilient, Low-Carbon, Job-Rich Africa’, identifies particular disadvantages that South Africa and other countries on the continent must overcome, but also their potential to become a model for transforming a power system based on fossil fuels to one based on renewables.

Africa: Libya Energy Summit - There Is Need for More Intra-African Collaboration - Sahara Group

[Premium Times] 'Ensuring the security of lives and properties, would enhance investment within the continent and also boost foreign direct investments needed to transform Africa's expansive oil and gas sector."

Nigeria: Why We Can't Force Down Price of Cooking Gas - Nigerian Govt

[Premium Times] The government says it will nonetheless "tinker" with some aspects of gas pricing within its control.

Scatec, partners select electrical equipment manufacturer for Egyptian project

Renewable energy company Scatec and its partners, OCI, Fertiglobe, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt and Orascom Construction have selected electrical equipment manufacturer Plug Power as the technology provider of an electrolyser for the 100 MW green hydrogen facility to be built at the Egyptian Basic Industries Corporation’s (EBIC’s) facility in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. The hydrogen will be used to produce green ammonia.

Enel brings forward net-zero commitment by ten years

Energy company Enel has brought forward its net-zero commitment by ten years, from 2050 to 2040, for direct and indirect emissions. The company has announced in its ‘2022 – 2024 Strategic Plan’ that it expects to mobilise investments of €210-billion between this year and 2030, of which €170-billion would be directly invested by the Enel group and €40-billion catalysed through third parties.

Gambia: NEK to Start Wind Energy Developments in Gambia

[The Point] As is well known, The Gambia is pursuing very ambitious goals with regard to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement as well as the results of the COP26 event in Glasgow.

Africa: Are Nigeria's Promises to End Gas Flaring Merely Hot Air?

[ISS] The government has done so little for so long that it's unclear how recent COP26 pledges will be met.