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TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne
TotalEnergies CEO says IMF debt rules hobbling African green energy projects
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Renewable energy investments in Africa are being hobbled by insufficient government loan guarantees, as the International Monetary Fund keeps a tight leash on country indebtedness, TotalEnergies... 

A hydropower plant and related infrastructure
Mozambique’s $80bn energy overhaul to tap Zambezi’s power
8th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Mozambique is seeking to become one of Africa’s biggest hydropower producers and launch a green hydrogen industry. The government plans to add 14 000 MW of hydropower capacity, with the bulk of... 

The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant
Mozambique seeks to end 50-year hydropower pact with South Africa
2nd February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the... 

Growthpoint Properties South Africa CEO Estienne de Klerk
Growthpoint enters 195 GWh/y renewable energy PPA with Etana Energy
30th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with electricity trader Etana Energy for 195 GWh/y of renewable energy, which... 

Voith equips 2 GW Angolan hydropower plant
Voith equips 2 GW Angolan hydropower plant
20th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

Technology group Voith reports that it has received an order to supply equipment for the large-scale hydropower plant Caculo Cabaça in Angola. The order comprises all electrical and mechanical... 

Egypt says talks over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have failed -statement
20th December 2023 By: Reuters

Egypt said on Tuesday that the latest talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have failed, but it will closely monitor the process of filling and operating the dam and reserve the... 

Hydropower plants, like Kinguélé Aval in Gabon, can, with refurbishment, play a key role in Africa's energy transition by reducing reliance on fossil fuel-derived electricity
AfDB approves $9.72m grant to modernise African hydropower
19th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

The African Development Bank- (AfDB)-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), on November 21, approved a $9.72-million grant to scale up the Africa Hydropower Modernisation Programme... 

The Zambezi river
Consortium appointed to develop Mozambique hydropower project
13th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

A consortium comprising of energy companies EDF, TotalEnergies and Sumitomo Corporation, has been selected as the strategic partner by the government of Mozambique and has entered into a joint... 

Eskom Komati power station
Eskom acknowledges difficult trade-offs ahead as it pursues energy transition
7th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned utility Eskom is expecting to have to make “difficult trade-offs” in its pursuit of a just energy transition (JET) strategy, as it grapples with ongoing short-term operational struggles... 

Mozambique approves $80bn energy transition strategy
27th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

Mozambique’s government approved a strategy to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels that it estimates will cost $80-billion to implement by 2050, a step aimed at winning finance to... 

A hydropower plant
Chinese firms showcase value of digital twinning in hydropower plants, metal factories
11th October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As infrastructure engineering software company Bentley Systems gears up to host its 2023 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure, on October 12, three Chinese finalists in the process and power... 

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Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves
22nd September 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is... 

The Inga dam in the DRC
DRC still has difficulty securing investments in Inga power project – Tshisekedi
20th September 2023 By: Reuters

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) still has difficulty securing investments for its Inga power project, the president said on Tuesday in New York, adding that the World Bank and China are... 

Ethiopia says it has completed filling of disputed dam project's reservoir
11th September 2023 By: Reuters

Ethiopia said on Sunday it had completed the fourth and final phase of filling a reservoir for its planned massive hydroelectric power plant on the Blue Nile, a project that Egypt and Sudan have... 

Serengeti Energy appoints Anton-Louis Olivier as CEO
31st August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Sub-Saharan African renewable energy company Serengeti Energy has appointed Anton-Louis Olivier as CEO. He brings a long record of working across the African continent and has a wealth of... 

Judgment in favour of power utility welcomed
25th August 2023

State-owned power utility Eskom in July said it was pleased with the Johannesburg High Court judgment dismissing with costs, the interdict application by green energy supplier G7 Renewable Energies... 

A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
Microgrid roll-out gaining traction
25th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena... 

Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
New Development Bank to provide R3.2bn loan to TCTA for LHWP Phase 2
21st August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The New Development Bank (NDB) – an initiative of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa bloc – and South Africa's Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) have signed a R3.2-billion loan... 

Construction on the Polihali dam as part of the LHWP Phase 2
LHDA marks milestone in Polihali dam construction
8th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), consultants and contractors on the Polihali dam have marked an early construction milestone – the diversion of the Senqu river by the... 

The Inga dam in the DRC
Congo and South Africa plan to revive Inga 3 hydro project
7th July 2023 By: Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa on Thursday pledged to revive Congo’s giant Inga 3 hydroelectric project that South Africa hopes will help solve its crippling power crisis. The... 

Huawei corporate communications VP Edison Xie
eLTE private network at Ghana hydropower facility most challenging African project yet for Huawei
21st June 2023 By: Darren Parker

The evolved long-term evolution (eLTE) broadband private network that Chinese information and communication technology company Huawei installed for the Bui Power Authority’s (BPA’s) hydropower... 

Energy Ministry power directorate deputy director Seth Mahu
Ghana aims for 30% nuclear, 20% renewables in energy mix by 2070
20th June 2023 By: Darren Parker

Ghana is gunning for nuclear energy to account for 30% of its energy mix by 2070, with renewable energy set to account for about 20%. “We see three key energy sources play a leading role in the... 

5 MW floating solar plant at the Bui dam in Ghana
Ghana authority to expand solar and hydro capacity
20th June 2023 By: Darren Parker

Ghana’s Bui Power Authority (BPA), with the collaboration of the grid operator, is planning on constructing a new 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, in Dagbon, in the north of the country. This is... 

Low-friction bearings reduce energy losses in free-stream turbines
9th June 2023

A hydro turbinecompany, based in Portland, Maine, in the US, has chosen Vesconite Bearings’lowest-friction material for the thrust bearings on its free-stream turbines. The material, Vesconite... 

Zimbabwe aims to double power output by 2025 to meet mining demand
2nd June 2023 By: Reuters

Zimbabwe's State power utility ZESA aims to more than double national grid capacity by 2025 to respond to increased demand from the mining sector, its chief executive said on Thursday. The country... 

More than half of the world's large lakes are drying up, study finds
19th May 2023 By: Reuters

More than half of the world's large lakes and reservoirs have shrunk since the early 1990s, chiefly because of climate change, intensifying concerns about water for agriculture, hydropower and... 

Hydro venture plans to boost Madagascar power generation by 50%
18th May 2023 By: Reuters

Groupe Filatex, Madagascar’s largest employer, said it formed a venture with France’s Hyvity to add 50% to the Indian Ocean island nation’s electricity generation capacity by building hydropower... 

Kenyan official highlights importance of green energy to his country and to Africa
17th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Africa still has 589-million people who have no access to electricity, Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Principal Secretary (equivalent to director-general in South Africa) Alex Wachira... 

The Komati coal-fired power station and solar panels
Pendulum swing from coal to renewables will spell disaster – NSBE
21st April 2023 By: Darren Parker

A “pendulum swing” from coal to renewable energy will not guarantee baseload grid stability in the foreseeable future, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba has said.   “It... 

Untapped renewable resources in Africa should receive more attention – RES4Africa
19th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

As the majority of the world embraces a shift in electricity generation away from fossil fuels towards greener, renewable sources of energy, Africa faces several challenges in attracting investment... 

City of Cape Town earmarks R1.2bn for Steenbras peaker plant upkeep
18th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

The City of Cape Town’s ‘Building Hope’ budget for 2023/24 proposes continued investment in its Steenbras hydroelectric pumped storage scheme, laying the foundation for a potential estimated... 

AfDB, AFD extend $300m in funding to Tanzania’s Kakono hydroelectric plant
17th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

The government of Tanzania, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed agreements for two development project loans worth $300-million to finance the... 

Eskom hands hydropower plants back to Uganda as concession ends
3rd April 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following the end of the Eskom Uganda Limited (EUL) concession on March 31, Eskom has assured that a smooth transfer of assets and interests to State-owned Uganda Electricity Generation Company has... 

Solar panels
Solar underpins record renewables additions in 2022
22nd March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A record 295 GW of new renewable-energy capacity was added globally in 2022, with the 9.6% year-on-year growth underpinned largely by record growth in solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, which... 

Worker at a solar project
€15m Just SA launched in bid to unlock Mpumalanga transition projects
14th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new €15-million initiative has been launched to provide research and technical support for “catalytic” just transition projects in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, currently the centre of... 

Nuru receives additional $1.5m for solar PV in the DRC
3rd March 2023 By: Darren Parker

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC’s) first solar photovoltaic (PV) metrogrid developer Nuru has secured an initial $1.5-million from investors in a convertible note round ahead of the... 

South Africa must prioritise decarbonisation, as $1.5bn of exports to EU are at risk
2nd March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

South Africa should prioritise its decarbonisation strategy, as it has a carbon intensity much higher than most countries, and $1.5-billion of exports to the European Union (EU) are at risk in the... 

Eskom's Tutuka power station
Eskom confirms load shedding schedule for next few days
26th February 2023 By: News24Wire

Stage 4 loadshedding will continue until 16:00 on Monday afternoon, Eskom confirmed. It will be followed by Stage 5 from 16:00 to 05:00 on Tuesday morning. Loadshedding will then be reduced to... 

Solar panels on a roof
Govt aims to stimulate renewables investment with R9bn in tax incentives, reworked bounce-back scheme
22nd February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s 2023 Budget includes tax incentives worth R9-billion to support businesses and households invest in renewable energy, including rooftop solar, in a bid to offset the impact of... 

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