Power developments in Africa, October 2017

Libya’s new power plant

An EPC contract for a new power plant in Tobruk, Libya, has been signed between Mytilineos and the General Electricity Company of Libya. The dual fuel plant (natural gas or distillate fuel oil) with total power output of 650 MW is expected to make a vital contribution to meeting citizens’ electricity needs. It will be carried out on a fast-track schedule so that the first gas turbine will be ready to connect to the grid within nine months from the project’s commencement.

Congo can benefit from wind and solar

In International Rivers “Renewable Riches” report, researchers modelled the DRC’s best wind and solar sites. Researchers found that the country’s wind and solar potential, at 85 GW, could address the country’s power shortages and would surpass the output of the planned 4,8 GW Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River. The researchers focused on sites that could readily feed into the national power grid, noting that 60 GW of that energy could be installed at less than $0,07 per kWh.

Support for Chad’s development plan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will provide US $540-million for Chad’s new National Development Plan (NDP), and offered it the possibility of raising additional financing through its private-sector window for commercially viable private sector projects or public-private partnerships. This will help strengthen Chad’s institutional capacity and the development of bankable projects. Launched as part of “Vision 2030 – the Chad we want”, focuses especially on agriculture (“Feed Africa”) and energy (“Light up and Power Africa”).

Proposals for Power Africa

The US Trade and Development Agency (an implementing agency of the Power Africa and US-Africa Clean Energy Finance programmes) has announced an extension to its call for proposals from project sponsors in sub-Saharan Africa or US companies working with African project sponsors. These entities are invited to submit an initial concept paper on energy-related projects by 20 October 2017 to be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2018. In Fiscal Year 2017, it received over 300 applications resulting in over $20-million of grants awarded.

Rwanda strengthens electricity network

To strengthen Rwanda’s generation capacity, Symbion Power acquired the Kibuye Power 1 methane gas extraction plant and power generation facilities on Lake Kivu at Gisenyi. The 3,6 MW plant has operated reliably for over seven years and it was the first plant to produce power from methane gas extracted from the lake. The company plans to requests the government to grant it permission to boost the output of the plant to 25 MW by 2018 and thereafter to 50 MW by 2019.

Tanzanian hydropower bid opens

Through its Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania intends to construct the Rufiji Hydropower Project at an installed capacity of at least 2100 MW with a minimum guaranteed annual firm energy of 5920 GWh. The project comprises construction of a main dam and appurtenant structures with the expected total reservoir storage capacity of 34-billion m3, as well as the construction of power houses to generate the required capacity and a 400 kV switchyard. Bidding is being conducted through international competitive bidding.

International transmission line to boost electricity supply

The West African Power Pool and Transmission Company of Nigeria have commenced the process for the construction of a second 330 kV transmission line to boost electricity supply to the Republics of Benin and Togo. The 330 kV Ikeja West transmission line (which should be ready by 2021) is necessary as the first could soon be constrained as demand for power from the Nigerian grid increases. The project was conceived by WAPP and supported by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Algerian airport goes solar

With its new Ahmed Ben Bella International Airport in Oran, Algeria installed new generation solar PV power of 1,39 MW peak capacity on an airport’s roof surface of
15 900 m2. This project is in line with the state’s strategic vision of renewable energy development and its Energy Transition framework. The 5362 photovoltaic panels (schedule to be ready end of the year) will produce 2-million kWh per year and reduce GHG emissions by nearly 900 t of carbon dioxide per year.

Angola signs gas sales plan

Angola LNG (ALNG) and Glencore Energy UK have executed a multi-year LNG sales agreement under which ALNG will deliver LNG cargoes to Glencore at destinations around the world. Following from other sales agreements recently announced by ALNG, this is another step in building a strong sales portfolio with some of the most important players in the global LNG market. According to Glencore this long-term contract with ALNG provides security of supply for both companies in their expanding portfolios.

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