Scatec & ENGIE to produce hydrogen for Anglo’s Limpopo mine

SOUTH AFRICA – Norwegian renewable energy company, Scatec, and French energy giant, Engie, have entered into a two-year lease agreement where the former will supply its portable solar systems to help power ENGIE’s hydrogen plant stationed at Anglo American Platinum’s Mokalakwena mine in the Limpopo province of South Africa.  Scatec will supply a 616 kWp containerized mobile solar energy system to ENGIE under its “Release by Scatec” brand. Working through their scalable power solution, Release, the power producer’s mobile unit will provide solar energy for ENGIE’s hydrogen production plant which…

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Engie, Energy Web partner to launch solar mini gid and kits financing platform

AFRICA – Electricity access solutions provider Engie Energy Access, a subsidiary of French giant Engie, has partnered with Energy Web to launch “DeFi”, a decentralised financing platform that will facilitate the deployment of solar mini-grids and solar kits in sub-Saharan Africa via electronic money. Finance access to electricity in rural areas is a major concern for providers of decentralised electricity access solutions and Engie Energy Access is trying to find an answer to this nagging question by setting up the “DeFi” decentralised financing crowdfunding platform. The crowdfunding platform uses blockchain…

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FONSIS, Meridiam and ENGIE to commission two 60 MW photovoltaic power plants

SENEGAL – Sovereign Strategic Investment Fund (FONSIS), Meridiam and ENGIE have announced the commissioning of two photovoltaic power plants in Senegal with a total production capacity of 60 MW. Kahone Solaire SA (35MW) and Kaél Solaire SA (25MW) are located respectively in the regions of Kaolack and Diourbel, in the centre of the country. These plants are part of the Scaling Solar initiative in Senegal, jointly led by the Senegalese authorities and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which aims to promote investment in solar energy. These are the first electricity…

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ENGIE to carry out the feasibility study on South Africa’s hydrogen valley

SOUTH AFRICA – ENGIE, electric utility company has announced  the signing of an agreement together with South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation, South African National Energy Development Institute,  Anglo American, one of the world’s leading producers of platinum group metals, and Bambili Energy, the clean energy solutions provider, to carry out a feasibility study to create an “Hydrogen Valley” located on the Bushveld Complex and more broadly around Johannesburg, Mogalakwena and Kwazulu Natal. The first step of the feasibility study, which is carried out by ENGIE Impact, is to…

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ENGIE acquires 40% stake in 100MW Xina Solar One in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA –  French multinational electric utility company ENGIE has reached an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40% equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar plant, as well as 46% of the Operations & Maintenance Company. The plant is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system that allows for 5.5 hours of energy storage to provide reliable electricity during peak demand. Power is contracted through a 20 years Power Purchase Agreement with state utility Eskom.  Xina Solar One is supplying clean…

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ENGIE mergers its Africa portfolio with MESCAT business unit

AFRICA – French multinational electric utility company ENGIE, has merged its Africa portfolio with the MESCAT Business Unit under the leadership of Sébastien Arbola, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE MESCATA (Middle East, South and Central Asia, Turkey, and Africa). Sébastien Arbola has also been appointed executive vice-president in charge of Thermal Generation and Energy Supply activities at ENGIE Group level, with effect from February 1, 2021. The expanded business unit MESCATA, with headquarters in Dubai, the UAE, and regional offices throughout the region, will draw onENGIE’s long term presence and experience in the region…

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Competition watchdog approves Greenstreet’s acquisition of Solar Capital De Aar 3

SOUTH AFRICA – Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved, without conditions, the transaction whereby Greenstreet, through its Stanlib Fund II SPV, will acquire shareholding in Solar Capital De Aar 3 (SCDA 3) from existing shareholders Post-merger, said the regulator, Stanlib Fund II SPV will exercise joint control over SCDA 3. Stanlib Fund II SPV is a private equity investment fund established to acquire a portfolio of infrastructure assets and is ultimately controlled and owned by Stanlib Asset Management, which is, in turn, wholly-owned and controlled by Stanlib, it added. The tribunal…

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Engie, OffGridBox partner to provide green energy, water and wi-fi in Kigali

RWANDA – Engie Energy Access, a subsidiary of French energy company Engie, has signed an agreement with the decentralised clean energy solutions provider OffGridBox to supply electricity, drinking water and wi-fi to households in Kigali, Rwanda. The agreement was initiated by Engie Energy Access, the new flagship of French energy company Engie which now includes Engie Mobisol, Fénix International and Engie PowerCorner. The company which specialises in decentralised renewable energy solutions has agreed to work with OffGridBox, a supplier of containerised systems for drinking water and solar energy. The objective…

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French company, Engie to construct two solar power plants in Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO – French electricity company, Engie has won a contract to construct two solar power plants with a total capacity of 30MWp in Burkina Faso. The two projects which are located in the Burkina Faaso towns of Koudougou and Kaya will be constructed at a cost of US$73.89 million. The town of Koudougou, in the province of Boulkiemdé will have solar power stations of 20-Megawatt peak (MWp) while Kaya, in the province of Sanmatenga will have solar power stations of 10MWp. According to a report by Afrik21 the projects…

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ENGIE partners with EIB to provide cheap electricity to entrepreneurs

UGANDA – ENGIE, a French multinational electric utility company, is set to provide reliable and cheap electricity to small holders and entrepreneurs in remote villages across Uganda for the first time under a new off-grid solar scheme. ENGIE will do this through its Solar Home System company Fenix International and will partner with the European Investment Bank (EIB), one of the world’s largest financiers of renewable energy. EIB has agreed to provide a US$12.5 million loan to support the deployment of 240,000 high-quality solar home systems in Uganda. “Access to…

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