Kenya Power appoints Eng. Geoffrey Muli as acting managing director

KENYA – Kenya Power has appointed Eng. Geoffrey Wasua Muli as the firm’s acting managing director effective immediately, even as the utility company steps up the search for a substantive boss to take over from Bernard Ngugi, who left in August last year. Mr Muli, who was acting general manager in charge of regional coordination, takes over from Ms Rosemary…

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Malawi’s Ethanol Company to construct plant that converts ethanol waste into fertilizer and electricity

MALAWI – Ethanol Company (EthCo), Malawi’s ethanol distiller, has announced the construction of a plant that will convert waste from its facilities into fertilizer and electricity. The goal is to reduce its impact on the environment. The project was announced by Lusubilo Chakaniza, the managing director of Ethanol Company (EthCo). It involves the construction of a unit dedicated to the…

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AfDB approves US$180m loan for extension of electricity in rural areas

RWANDA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two loans amounting to US$180 million to co-finance a major energy project that will extend electricity access to rural areas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Rwanda. This follows earlier approval for US$84.2 million from the resources of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the Bank Group, for…

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IFC launches work on solar mini-grid program to scale up clean electricity in the DRC

DRC – International Finance Corporation (IFC) has begun work with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring clean, solar energy to over 1.5 million homes, businesses, schools, and clinics in the country under the World Bank Group’s Scaling Mini-Grid (SMG) program. The SMG program was designed to help the DRC and other emerging countries establish public-private…

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World Bank approves US$150M to increase access to electricity services in Senegal

SENEGAL – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved US$150 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to increase access to electricity services for households, enterprises, and critical public facilities in Senegal. The financing will be utilized under the Energy Access Scale-Up Project (PADAES) in the West African country. More than 1.5 million people will benefit directly from the…

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Tlou Energy signs transmission line contract for Lesedi Power Project in Botswana

BOTSWANA – Botswana-focused coalbed methane (CBM) developer Tlou Energy has signed a contract for the construction of a transmission line to link its Lesedi power project to the country’s grid. Lesedi is located approximately 100 Km from the existing electricity grid in Botswana. The first stage of development will be the erection of wooden poles fitted with an overhead 66kV…

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AfDB approves US$1.5m grant for intra-regional harmonization of electricity in COMESA

AFRICA – The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a grant of US$1.5 million to advance intra-regional harmonization of electricity regulations and drive cross-border power trading in the COMESA region. This will be implemented through COMESA’s energy regulatory arm -the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA). The two-year project seeks to provide…

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NamPower secures US$22m grant from KfW for large-scale electricity storage project

NAMIBIA – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency, has signed a €20 million (US$22.31m) grant agreement with the state-owned Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) for a large-scale electricity storage project in the Erongo region. The electricity storage system will be installed in Omburu, a town in Erongo Province. NamPower is expected to contribute 20% of the total cost of…

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Alliance for Rural Electrification partners Power Africa to enable affordable electricity for households

AFRICA – The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) has partnered with Power Africa to enable clean, reliable and affordable electricity generation for households, essential services and businesses, as well as help unlock the necessary financial resources for the DRE market to expand. Mark Carrato, Power Africa Coordinator, said the partnership with ARE reinforces their shared commitments to increase access to…

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Madkour secures US$54m from NBK-Egypt for its national duties

EGYPT – National Bank of Kuwait – Egypt (NBK-Egypt) has provided a finance of EGP 850 million (US$54.05m) to Madkour for Projects Company, one of the national companies in the field of energy and infrastructure projects. Madkour will use the financing to carry out the works assigned to the company by the Ministry of Housing to replace and upgrade medium…

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