Power developments in Africa, March 2017


Karthala geothermal project

The Karthala geothermal project on the Comoros Islands off the coast of Africa is moving on to its exploration drilling programme. The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility, the Global Environment Facility, and the government of New Zealand have provided $18-million to start the drilling phase of the project. The Comorian government is implementing a strategy to mobilise technical and financial resources to ensure the establishment of a strong partnership around the project to guarantee the second phase of this initiative. Exploratory drilling will confirm the resource and sites for the plant’s production and installation drilling.

50 MW power generation project in Benin

APR Energy will provide 50 MW of power generation using its fuel-flexible aeroderivative turbines in Benin. The turbines will be fuelled by natural gas, and be able to switch to diesel when needed. Benin currently imports electricity from neighbouring Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and this project allows Benin to grow its economy using domestically produced power. Most of the employees who will install, operate and maintain the power plant will be hired and trained from the local workforce.

Interconnector to enable power trade

The Kenyan electricity grid will be linked to the Southern African Power Pool by implementing the Kenya – Tanzania interconnector to transfer 2000 MW in either direction. The project involves the construction of 510 km of a HV AC transmission line from Kenya to Tanzania, the extension of Isinya (Kenya) and Singida (Tanzania) substations as well as construction of the Arusha substation. Kenya will see the construction of 96 km of 400 kV transmission line from Isinya substation to Namanga and the extension of the 400/220 kV Isinya substation. The Tanzanian part will see a 414 km 400 kV transmission line from Namanga to Singida, construction of the 400 kV Arusha substation as well as the extension of the 220/33 kV Singida substation.

Community-owned hydropower

A community-owned hydropower project is being developed in Mutunguru, Kenya. The project, called Mutunguru HPP, is being funded by the African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa’s $992 000 grant to support the preparation of the 7,8 MW project, which is based on standard hydropower technology. It features a community ownership structure, where financial returns will accrue to members of the Mutunguru community. Mutunguru HPP will generate new income, especially for women.

Rusumo project moves forward

The regional Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project will move forward with the construction of the Rusumo dam. The “CP1” phase sees the construction of civil works, the dam, waterways, power station and other associated civil engineering works. The CP2 phase comprises the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the electro-mechanical equipment. The 80 MW project will create job opportunities and on completion, will facilitate increased economic activities, private sector development, and investments in social infrastructure and services through improved access to electricity.

Ivory Coast LNG terminal

The Ivory Coast LNG consortium led by Total will build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal in Ivory Coast with a capacity of 3-million t/y. The terminal is expected to become operational by mid-2018. It involves the construction of a terminal with a floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) in Vridi, near Abidjan, and a pipeline connecting the FSRU to existing and planned power plants in Abidjan, as well as to regional markets connected to the Ivorian network.

Solar project for 650 000 people

Oriental Renewable Solutions and GreenWish Partners will co-develop a 50 MW solar power project in Jigawa State, Nigeria. Oriental signed a 20 year power purchase agreement with the Nigerian bulk electricity trader for the Jigawa project. The project will have an output of 96 GWh per year, enough for more than 650 000 people. The project will feed local infrastructures with grid power. The Jigawa solar plant will extend and diversify the energy mix in Nigeria.

Smart power plant for Sierra Leone

A 57 MW smart power generation plant is to be supplied to CECA SL Generation, a Sierra Leone company co-owned by CEC Africa Investments and TCQ Power. The turn-key order includes six Wärtsilä 32 engines running on heavy fuel oil. Wärtsilä’s scope of supply is the EPC of the power plant, 1,3 km of fuel pipeline from a jetty to the site, and 8 km of overhead power lines. The existing installed system capacity serving the capital Freetown totals 84 MW, mostly from hydro sources.

Solar solution for rural Nigeria

Azuri has partnered with the Niger Delta Power Holding Company to launch its PayGo solar home systems in Nigeria, to deliver energy to 20 000 rural households. The solar systems can power four LED bulbs for eight hours, a radio and a USB port with charging cables for mobile phones. Customers pay a monthly rate for 36 months after which time the customer owns the unit. Successful pilots have been carried out in Abuja, Kwara and Osun states.

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