Africell opens high-tech data center in Angola

ANGOLA – Mobile network operator Africell has taken another major step towards launching services in Angola by opening a data centre in Luanda, a facility resulting from substantial financial investment and will be the cornerstone of Africell’s network in Angola, providing a platform for a digital ecosystem for mobile users, entrepreneurs and innovators. “The opening of the data centre is a significant milestone,” said Christopher Lundh, CEO of Africell Angola.  “We want to lead a digital transformation. Africell is investing in technology that will provide Angola with faster, more affordable and more…

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Total Eren joint venture with Sonangol & Greentech to build 35MW solar plant in Angola

ANGOLA – Renewable energy Independent Power Producer, Total Eren, has concluded an agreement with Angola’s state oil giant Sonangol, and energy company Greentech, to jointly develop the 35 MW Quilemba solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the Huila Province of Angola. According to the agreement, Sonangol will be acquiring a 30% interest in Quilemba Solar Lda (Quilemba Solar), while Total Eren and Greentech will own 51% and 19% respectively.  “The signing of this agreement represents, on one hand, the strengthening of the partnership with TotalEnergies in Angola and Greentech and, on the other,…

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Angola signs US$1.5b MoU on solar and water projects

ANGOLA – The government of Angola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sun Africa and US-based company AfricaGlobal Shaffer to create the largest mini-grid energy project in Africa which is part of a US$1.5 billion project to be implemented by Sun Africa. The project is expected to cover the southern provinces of Cunene, Namibe, Cuando Cubango and Huíla in Angola. The Memorandum says the project will consist of the electrification of all municipal headquarters and main communes in the country. The Angolan Minister of Energy and Water, João…

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ANPG launches permanent offer program to increase oil and gas exploration in Angola

ANGOLA – Angola’s National Oil, Gas and Biofuel’s Agency (ANPG) has announced its efforts to increase oil and gas exploration at AOG 2021. The new permanent offer program will allow ANPG to negotiate the exploration of available petroleum-based resources throughout the year without the need for a tender announcement. The announcement was made at Angola Oil & Gas 2021, organized by Energy Capital & Power that brought together Angola´s oil and gas leaders face to face with international investors for discussions aimed at accelerating investment in Angola´s energy industry in…

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Angola secures US$1.1b financing from World Bank for its mega Bita water project

ANGOLA – The government of Angola has secured a new US$1.1 billion financing package from the World Bank and the French Export Credit Agency to enable the completion of its’s mega Bita drinking water project. This is part of a US$1.1 billion financial transaction, consisting of a US$910 million loan from the World Bank through its subsidiary, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The other part of the loan is provided by the French Export Credit Agency. Standard Chartered, a British multinational banking and financial services company, arranged…

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SONANGOL accelerates divestment and explores novel financing solutions in response to energy transition

ANGOLA – Angola’s National Oil Company (NOC) Sonangol, has responded to the changing global financial landscape by accelerating its restructuring program and exploring new financial solutions that meet the requirements of today’s international debt market.   The current market is significantly impacted by considerations about energy transition, which has become a defining factor for most major oil and gas sector lenders. As the international community seeks consensus about how to drive energy transition globally, major international banks, including many that are prominently involved in the financing of oil and gas…

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Africell expedites launch of mobile services in Angola with Oracle

ANGOLA – Africell has selected Oracle Communications converged charging, policy, and billing solutions to help the fast-growing network operator to monetize its mobile services in Angola while providing an easy and intuitive experience for customers. “Africell is committed to establishing fast and reliable mobile connectivity in the local communities we serve,” said Younes Chaaban, Africell’s Chief Technical Officer. “As we grow our business, we need flexible and scalable charging and revenue management systems that support our prepaid and post-paid service models and which will support future 5G services. Oracle’s complete…

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Africell and Nokia to deploy a 5G-ready network in Angola

ANGOLA – Mobile technology company Africell has partnered with Nokia to deploy Nokia’s network technologies in Angola. The multi-million Euro deal significantly expands the footprint of both Nokia and Africell in Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Africell will use the latest cloud technologies to achieve cost efficiency gains from shared infrastructure, as well as improved control and flexibility which enable highly differentiated products and services. For the first phase of its new network in Angola, Africell will use Nokia’s AirScale Single Radio AccessNetwork (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites. The network will support 2G,…

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Christopher Lundh appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Africell Angola

ANGOLA – Africell Group has announced the appointment of Christopher Lundh as Chief Executive Officer of Africell Angola. Under Mr. Lundh’s stewardship, Africell is expected to deliver on its promise to transform the Angolan telecoms sector by providing affordable, reliable and high-quality mobile telecommunications services to millions of consumers. Christopher Lundh joins Africell after five years as a Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Afghan Wireless. The American national previously held senior leadership roles at companies including Telecel Congo, Africa Online, and Gateway Communications and has extensive experience in…

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Total commences production from Zinia Phase 2 short-cycle project

ANGOLA – Broad energy company Total, operator of Block 17 in Angola, together with the Angolan National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency, have announced the start of production from Zinia Phase 2 short-cycle project, connected to existing Pazflor’s FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit). The project includes the drilling of nine wells and is expected to reach a production of 40,000 barrels of oil per day by mid-2022.  Located in water depths from 600 to 1,200 meters and about 150 kilometres from the Angolan coast, Zinia Phase 2 resources…

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