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UAE firm moves to partner with Ethiopia to unlock solar potential

9th April 2021 United Arab Emirates-based renewable-energy company Masdar has committed to helping Ethiopia exploit its enormous solar energy potential to spur economic growth. This comes after the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ethiopian government to explore solar opportunities across... 

Intricate talks under way on East African Crude Oil Pipeline

9th April 2021 Partners in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop) project are racing against time to conclude crucial agreements ahead of the signing of the final investment decision in the second quarter of this year. France’s Total Exploration & Production and China National Oil Offshore Oil Company,... 

Djibouti contracts Kenyan firm to drill geothermal wells

26th February 2021 Djibouti has contracted the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) to drill three geothermal wells as the country moves to exploit the resource to increase electricity access. The $6.5-million contract, signed by the Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy Development and KenGen, will... 

New AU chair vows to find solution to Ethiopia dam conflict

19th February 2021 Newly elected African Union (AU) chairperson Felix Tshisekedi has promised to find an amicable solution to the protracted dispute between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is building. Despite several attempts, including mediation by the US, has failed to... 

Chinese firms to implement 341-km Tanzania rail project

5th February 2021 Two Chinese companies will implement the fifth phase of Tanzania’s standard-gauge railway (SGR) project at a cost of $1.3-billion. The companies, China Civil Engineering Construction and China Railway Construction Company, earlier this month signed the contract for the 341-km-long line, which... 

Ethiopian telecoms firm eyes mobile-money market as monopoly nears end

5th February 2021 Ethiopia's Ethio Telecom intends to venture into the mobile money transfer market as part of its ambitious growth strategy, in terms of which the company aims to generate $1.4-billion in revenue by 2023. The company, which is gearing up for privatisation and whose monopoly is set to come to an... 

Kenya earmarks $8.7m for Jomo Kenyatta Airport refurbishment

29th January 2021 Kenya intends to invest $8.7-million to refurbish Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in an effort to position the facility as a regional aviation hub. After abandoning plans to build an ultramodern greenfield terminal and a new runway, the East African nation has opted to upgrade the... 

Floating pedestrian bridge links Mombasa Island to Kenyan mainland

22nd January 2021 Kenya has opened a $17-million floating bridge in the Indian Ocean that links Mombasa Island to the mainland south for use by the public. The 1.2-km-long Liwatoni pedestrian floating bridge was opened on January 1 and is intended to reduce congestion at the Likoni crossing channel, where ferries... 

Siemens Gamesa wins big Ethiopia wind farm contract

22nd January 2021 Spanish renewable-energy company Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to implement a 100 MW wind power project in Ethiopia, a development that will increase its footprint in Africa. This will be Siemens Gamesa’s first wind power project in the Horn of Africa nation.   

MTN Uganda secures 12-year licence renewal after paying $100m fee

3rd July 2020 Telecoms giant MTN Uganda has resolved a protracted dispute with the Ugandan government, a development that will see its operating licence renewed for 12 years. The company announced the conclusion of negotiations with the Uganda government for the renewal of its second national operator licence,... 

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