African Development Fund backs Ethiopia-Djibouti electricity trade with US$83.6m in grants

DJIBOUTI – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has approved two grants worth US$83.6 million to boost cross-border trade in electricity between Ethiopia and Djibouti and to deepen integration in the Horn of Africa sub-region. The funds comprise a US$69.65 million grant to Ethiopia and the second grant of US$13.93 million to Djibouti, both sourced from the African Development Fund, the African Development Bank’s concessional financing window. The Ethiopia-Djibouti Second Power Interconnection project will entail the construction of nearly 300 km of interconnector line, 170…

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Gambia launches US$23m electricity project to benefit 685 communities

GAMBIA – The Gambian Vice President has laid the foundation stone for the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) Transmission and Distribution Modernisation Project at the Salagi Forest Park which is part of its plan to meet the target of Energy for all. The project is co-funded by the World Bank, European Union, and European Investment Bank as part of The Gambia’s Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP) at a total project cost of US$23 million, with the contract awarded to TBEA, a Chinese company. Fafa Sanyang, the country’s Minister of Petroleum…

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Congo government launches work on hybrid solar power plant

CONGO –  The government of Congo has launched construction works on a hybrid solar power plant in Impfondo, Likouala region. The 3.4MW solar power project will be undertaken by Produits de construction de Brazzaville (Procob), a subsidiary of the Belgian company ABC Contracting. Produits de construction de Brazzaville will implement this project in several phases and the solar part of the installation will cover a fenced area of 11 hectares. Procob will install 11,520 solar panels with a capacity of 6,480 kVa and the installation of the solar power plant…

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Electricity supplier Tanesco readies to power Tanzania SGR operations

TANZANIA – State power utility firm, Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) will supply 70 megawatts of electricity to power the first phase of the standard gauge railway (SGR), which starts operations in a few months’ time. Energy minister Medard Kalemani told the media that the construction of power lines between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro was complete and that Tanesco was ready to power the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) locomotives. “We have invested US$30.7 million in building the necessary power infrastructure for the first phase of the SGR. The project…

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Rwanda to extract another 15MW from lake Kivu methane gas

RWANDA – Shema Power Lake Kivu (SPLK) of Rwanda is set to produce 15 megawatts of electricity by June this year in its first phase of methane gas extraction from Lake Kivu, the company engineers have said. Overall, the plant seeks to add 56 megawatts to the national grid after investing US$400 million in methane gas extraction. The project, which started in October 2019, is set to be finalised by December 2022. “This is one of the projects that will significantly increase power generation,” said Laurent Butera, Branch Manager of…

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Kenya to complete US$462m electricity grid connection to Ethiopia by June 2021

KENYA – The government of  Kenya  expects to complete the connection of its national grid with Ethiopia’s by June this year. Speaking during a tour to inspect various development projects in Narok County, Kenya’s Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said the new connection constructed at the cost of US$462 million will be ready for commissioning at the end of three months. “Kenya will venture into the power trade businesses with this new regional interconnect. We view this as a critical installation to the development of the country,” he said. The…

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Mozambique’s Ignite Power signs partnership with Brilho programme for its solar kits

MOZABIQUE – Solar home systems supplier Ignite Power has signed a partnership with the Brilho programme, an initiative of the UK Aid of the British government and led by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) for the electrification of Mozambique. The financial support that Ignite Power is now receiving as part of its collaboration with the Brilho programme comes at a time when the company is rolling out in Mozambique. The aim of this partnership is to continue, if not accelerate, the process of electrifying the country through solar home systems…

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Zambia secures US$27.9m grant from EU to boost electricity access

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has received US$27.9 million grant from the European Union towards the US$75.9 million Increased Access to Electricity and Renewable Energy Production (IAEREP) project under the Rural Electrification Authority (REA). Zambian Secretary to the Treasurer Fredson Yamba signed on behalf of the Zambia government while the ambassador of the European Union delegation to Zambia and COMESA, Jacek Jankwoski signed on behalf of the EU during the virtual grant signing and launch of the project held in Lusaka today. Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa, while speaking at…

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World Bank to finance 20% of US$3.7m electricity supply project in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The World Bank, through a grant, has financed 20 percent of US$$3.7 million (140 billion Nigerian naira) project by The Federal Government of Nigeria to improve the electricity supply to 25 million people through the installation of five million solar home systems. In Nigeria, the federal government is relying on solar home systems to electrify populations not connected to the national electricity grid. It plans to provide five million solar kits to 25 million people. This new project will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The…

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