Power developments in Africa, June 2018

Large hydroelectric power project for Ethiopia

Ethiopia Electric Power plans to develop a 550 MW hydroelectric power plant. EEP has invited private project developers to finance and foresee the construction of Didesa hydroelectric power project. The plant is estimated to have an annual gross energy generation capacity of 5580 GW, on a Built Operate Transfer contract. The government plans to build 14 hydropower projects, which will have the capacity of 11 100 MW of power. The currently under construction Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is expected to generate over 6000 MW of power alone.

Utility-scale solar project nears completion

Zambia is set to complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant soon. The power project which is being undertaken with Neoen/First Solar, aims to help governments deliver cheap and clean energy to help them run competitive auctions and reduce investment risks. Two bidders had put their tariffs at $0,06 and $0,08/kWh, respectively, and the proposed tariffs would remain fixed for 25 years. A second round of bidding for large-scale solar projects is planned for up to 300 MW.

West African thermal power project

Côte d’Ivoire is constructing a 400 MW thermal power plant. The gas fired facility will be owned by Cie Ivoirienne de Production d’Electricite (Ciprel) an operator of the West African nation’s biggest electricity plant. The plant will be based in Jacqueville, 61 km southwest of Abidjan, near the country’s offshore gas fields. Ciprel has contracted Siemens AG and Spain’s TSK Electronica y Electricidad SA to help build and supply components for the plant, and construction will start at the end of 2018.

Gas power for Mozambique

Great Lakes Africa Energy will construct a 250 MW gas-powered plant in Mozambique’s northern region. The facility will run under domestic natural gas. The company will develop, finance, build and operate the infrastructure. The power plant will accelerate the development and industrialisation of several other industrial projects, which have been shelved due to the lack of a steady power supply. At 250 MW, the gas fired power plant will be one of the largest conventional sources of electricity in the country.

Kenya upgrades power infrastructure

The Kenyan government will disburse KSh1,5-billion (about R187-million) to improve electricity supply in the western region of the country. The projects will include repair works on existing substations and distribution lines, installation of additional transformers in Kisumu South, Chemelil, Muhoroni, Sibembe and Bukembe substations to cope with growing power demand. The distribution network will also be extended through construction of new medium and low voltage lines in the region to connect more homes to the grid.

Coal-fired power in Madagascar

Imaloto Power Project SARL has executed a binding 30-year Concession Agreement with the government of Madagascar for the approval to develop, construct, operate and maintain the Imaloto Power Project in Madagascar. Imaloto will have an initial capacity of 60 MW and over 250 km of transmission and will be located at the mine-mouth of Lemur Resources’ coal deposit, which has a resource of about 136-million t of coal. The project will include a 138 kV evacuation line for the transport of the electricity to the connection points.

Massive IPP solar plant for Nigeria

Phase 1 of the Jigawa 1 GW IPP solar procurement programme received a US$1,5-million grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa to support the Nigerian government’s implementation of the programme. The grant will support the completion of outstanding technical and feasibility studies and the design of a masterplan for the site. Additional support will be provided to the government to fund a transaction advisor to design and launch the competitive IPP procurement. Nigeria has committed to provide land and common facilities including transmission facilities.

Mini-grids for rural Rwanda

MeshPower has set up a new solar mini-grid in eastern Rwanda. The 4 kW AC/DC mini-grid will bring clean energy to 196 households and 15 businesses, improving living standards and offering new economic opportunities for the village. As part of the Scaling up Off-Grid Energy in Rwanda programme, Energy 4 Impact is partnering with MeshPower to build demand for the electricity and engage potential users, as well as sharing its expertise on technical and transaction services, including financing, system design and customs, and tariff modelling.

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