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Emmanuel Vitus Agbenonwossi is a West-Africa-based bilingual [French and English] journalist specialized in economic and political issues. With a Master’s Degree in Communication studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, his interests are new media and digital journalism.

Zimbabwe: Independent power producers gear up for solar power plants

Three independent power producers have applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) for licenses to establish solar power plants that will add about 100 MW to the national grid. ZERA expects to license about 12 more independent power producers (IPPs) this year, a development which, if implemented, could see the Southern African nation’s power […]

Nigeria: minimum wage to increase to $98

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law a bill to increase minimum wage from 18,000 to 30,000 naira ($98) with immediate effect. According to Buhari’s senior aide and special assistant, Ita Enang, the implementation of the law takes effect as of April 18. The move comes after Unions went on strike last year […]

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Mauritania’s presidential election set for June 22

Mauritania’s presidential election set for June 22

Mauritania will hold elections to elect a new president on Saturday, June 22, 2019, according to a decree signed by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The incumbent president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, took office in 2008 and has now served two terms, the maximum allowed under the constitution. In 2017, he orchestrated a constitutional referendum […]

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Malawi: IFC invests in 258 MW hydroelectric project

The Government of Malawi has signed a partnership agreement with IFC InfraVentures for the development of the Mpatamanga hydroelectric project in the southern African nation. IFC InfraVentures – the IFC Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund – helps develop public-private partnerships and private projects for infrastructure in the poorest countries for the World Bank. The partnership […]

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Kenya betting big on geothermal plants in Rift Valley

In Kenya, Chinese company Kaishan Renewable Energy Development has signed procurement, engineering and construction (EPC) agreement to build a $65 million geothermal power plant. The project called Menengai III geothermal is located in the Rift Valley in western Kenya. Nairobi-based Sosian Energy, an independent power producer (IPP) is in charge of the development of the […]

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Egypt: private electricity producers gear up for the world’s largest solar installation

Oslo Stock Exchange-listed energy company, Scatec Solar, has commissioned a 65-megawatt photovoltaic power plant within the Benban complex in eastern Egypt. According to local media, the Norwegian company is preparing to build five additional power plants, with a total capacity of 400 MW, as part of this solar megaproject in the North African nation. The […]

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Burkina Faso eyes six solar power plants to boost renewables

Burkinabe government has signed an agreement with private power producers (IPPs) to develop six solar power plants to increase the rate of access to electricity in the West African Sahel nation. The plant will supply a total of 155 MW according to the Minister of Energy, Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo, who signed several agreements with private […]

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Ghana unveils West Africa’s biggest Waste Recovery Park

Zoomlion, the company that manages waste in Ghana, has commissioned a recycling plant in the city of Accra. The plant, the first of its kind in the country, is built on a robust technology to suit Ghana’s weather conditions. With a daily capacity of 200 tons, the plant transforms waste into fertilizer and raw materials […]

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BRICS to inject $2.3 billion into South Africa energy sector, others

The New Development Bank (NDB), the arm of the BRICS that provides financing to the poorest countries has signed agreements with Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Eskom, the South African national electricity transmission and distribution company for development of renewable energies and the construction of interconnection lines in the southern African nation. South Africa […]

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Zambia launches a $500 million solar park project

In Zambia Xago Africa and the Zambian company, Blue Chip Resources, have secured a $500 million contract to build a 300 MW solar park in the southern African nation. The joint venture has associated Solarcentury East Africa, the subsidiary of Solarcentury, a British solar specialist into the project. Zambia will act as a technical advisor […]

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