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IFC financing construction of Kenyan LPG import, storage facility

6th August 2021 Kenyan company Mombasa Gas Terminal (MGT) is set to build a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage facility, after receiving a mulitmillion-dollar loan from the World Bank Group. The privately owned company intends to develop the greenfield LPG terminal at the port of Mombasa. 

Ethiopia to start GERD turbine testing

30th July 2021 Ethiopia intends to start testing two turbines at the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after filling the reservoir for the second successive year. “The second filling of the Renaissance dam has been completed and the water is overflowing,” Ethiopian Water, Irrigation and... 

Tanzania gearing up for its first electrified rail network

30th July 2021 The East African region is set to have its first electric-powered railway network in Tanzania, where the State-owned Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) is preparing to take delivery of electric trains from South Korea. Works and Transport Minister Leonard Chamuriho announced this month that the... 

Kenyan company in Phase 2 of Ethiopian geothermal exploration project

18th June 2021 Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has embarked on the second phase of a $76.8-million geothermal exploration project in Ethiopia. The company has announced that it has started drilling the first geothermal well for Phase 2 of the Aluto–Langano geothermal power station. 

SA developer wins $4.5bn Ethiopia housing contract

18th June 2021 South African developer Property 2000 has won a $4.2-billion contract to build affordable houses in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The project will involve the construction of 500 000 units and is part of the city’s efforts to mitigate a housing backlog that is being exacerbated by rapid... 

Vodacom-led consortium awarded Ethiopia telecoms licence

4th June 2021 A consortium that includes South Africa’s Vodacom has been awarded a licence to provide telecommunication services in Ethiopia, a country that until recently locked foreign companies out of the sector. Other members of the consortium – called the Global Partnership for Ethiopia – are Kenya’s... 

Kenya’s new $2.8bn Lamu port starts operations

4th June 2021 Kenya has achieved a major milestone in its quest to become East Africa’s regional logistics hub with the commissioning of the new Lamu port. The country operationalised the first berth of the new port, which forms part of the $23-billion Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport corridor project,... 

Air Tanzania grows fleet as it seeks to ply new routes

23rd April 2021 Tanzania’s national carrier, Air Tanzania, is set to take delivery of three new aircraft as it seeks to grow its fleet to ply new regional and international routes. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told Parliament this month that government had paid for two Airbus A220-300 planes and a De Havilland... 

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,... 

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