KfW inks US$55.3m financing deal to decentralize electricity supply in Sub-Saharan Africa

SUB-SHARAN AFRICA – German state-owned investment and development bank (KfW), on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ),  signed a €49 million (US$55.3 million) financing agreement for the Clean Energy and Energy Inclusion for Africa (CEI Africa) foundation. The aim of the foundation set up by KfW is to supply climate-friendly electricity to people in sparsely populated…

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Mozambique gets US$43.5m from Sweden for electrification in Inhambane province

MOZAMBIQUE – The Swedish government has provided an extra US$5 million (€4 million) to Mozambique’s state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) to increase power coverage in Vilanculos district, in Inhambane province, southern Mozambique, the Swedish embassy has said. With Sweden’s contribution, over 100,000 families will have access to clean and reliable energy in the district the embassy said in…

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African Development Fund backs Ethiopia-Djibouti electricity trade with US$83.6m in grants

DJIBOUTI – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has approved two grants worth US$83.6 million to boost cross-border trade in electricity between Ethiopia and Djibouti and to deepen integration in the Horn of Africa sub-region. The funds comprise a US$69.65 million grant to Ethiopia and the second grant of US$13.93 million to Djibouti, both sourced…

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Gambia launches US$23m electricity project to benefit 685 communities

GAMBIA – The Gambian Vice President has laid the foundation stone for the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) Transmission and Distribution Modernisation Project at the Salagi Forest Park which is part of its plan to meet the target of Energy for all. The project is co-funded by the World Bank, European Union, and European Investment Bank as part of The Gambia’s…

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Congo government launches work on hybrid solar power plant

CONGO –  The government of Congo has launched construction works on a hybrid solar power plant in Impfondo, Likouala region. The 3.4MW solar power project will be undertaken by Produits de construction de Brazzaville (Procob), a subsidiary of the Belgian company ABC Contracting. Produits de construction de Brazzaville will implement this project in several phases and the solar part of…

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Electricity supplier Tanesco readies to power Tanzania SGR operations

TANZANIA – State power utility firm, Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) will supply 70 megawatts of electricity to power the first phase of the standard gauge railway (SGR), which starts operations in a few months’ time. Energy minister Medard Kalemani told the media that the construction of power lines between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro was complete and that Tanesco…

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Rwanda to extract another 15MW from lake Kivu methane gas

RWANDA – Shema Power Lake Kivu (SPLK) of Rwanda is set to produce 15 megawatts of electricity by June this year in its first phase of methane gas extraction from Lake Kivu, the company engineers have said. Overall, the plant seeks to add 56 megawatts to the national grid after investing US$400 million in methane gas extraction. The project, which…

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Kenya to complete US$462m electricity grid connection to Ethiopia by June 2021

KENYA – The government of  Kenya  expects to complete the connection of its national grid with Ethiopia’s by June this year. Speaking during a tour to inspect various development projects in Narok County, Kenya’s Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said the new connection constructed at the cost of US$462 million will be ready for commissioning at the end of three…

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Mozambique’s Ignite Power signs partnership with Brilho programme for its solar kits

MOZABIQUE – Solar home systems supplier Ignite Power has signed a partnership with the Brilho programme, an initiative of the UK Aid of the British government and led by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) for the electrification of Mozambique. The financial support that Ignite Power is now receiving as part of its collaboration with the Brilho programme comes at a…

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Zambia secures US$27.9m grant from EU to boost electricity access

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has received US$27.9 million grant from the European Union towards the US$75.9 million Increased Access to Electricity and Renewable Energy Production (IAEREP) project under the Rural Electrification Authority (REA). Zambian Secretary to the Treasurer Fredson Yamba signed on behalf of the Zambia government while the ambassador of the European Union delegation to Zambia and…

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