Ethiopia has announced it will double its supply of hydropower to Kenya following the onset of El Nino rains in Eastern Africa, which has replenished reservoir levels.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya’s largest power producer, has announced a plan to generate more electricity from geothermal power plants in the face of low water inflows being experienced at the hydropower stations, the result of low rainfall in the country.
South Africa is intensifying efforts to address its energy deficit by accelerating plans for 3 GW of gas-fired power generation.
The EU plans to invest €60 million in upgrading one of Uganda’s largest hydropower plants, helping to plug a financing gap for the country’s energy infrastructure.
Patrick Udechukwu, a former Senior Vice President of Gas Commercialisation at Genesis Energy, has said that Nigeria needs a good transmission ownership model to improve power services in the country.
The World Bank has announced that its board has approved a $1 billion loan to help South Africa reform its energy sector, as the country tries to overcome regular power cuts that have curbed economic growth.
Nigeria is in the grip and another widespread blackout as the country’s power grid collapsed catastrophically for the third time in five days.
Nigeria’s electricity distribution companies reported “a total system collapse” on 14 September as a result of a fire on a major transmission line.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), along with other partners, has committed to funding a $900 million multinational power transmission line between Mauritania and Mali. https://www.afdb.org/en
Nearly half of the projects awarded under the relaunch of South Africa’s renewable power purchase programme have failed, undermining plans to use wind and solar to ease the nation’s energy crisis.