The Buzz: This Week in Africa

At the beginning of the week, Brent Crude is trading at $75.49 per barrel, WTI at $68.41 and natural gas at $2.91 per million BTU (at 11:46, 27 August 2018, South Africa). Here are AOP’s top five stories from the last seven days.

SA government releases Integrated Resource Plan for public comment

The South African Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe has released the draft of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment.

As the 20-year energy blueprint, the IRP details the government’s plans to meet the country’s power needs and, a way forward in working towards implementing  a sustainable energy mix.

The public and stake-holders have 60 days to provide written comment.

Zambia: construction begins at Ngonye solar PV plant

Enel Green Power has begun construction at its 34MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic plant, located in Southern Zambia.

In developing the project, Enel Group will invest an estimated $40 million. The Ngonye solar power plant marks the group’s first entry into Zambia.

The project is expected to reach completion in the first quarter of 2018 and will produce 70 GWh per year.

Tanzania and Uganda to collaborate on natural gas pipeline project

Tanzania and Uganda have signed an agreement for the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

The agreement signed at the Joint Permanent Commission Summit, will be the first trans-border gas pipeline in East Africa since the extraction of natural gas commenced in 2004 at the Songosongo Island in Tanzania’s southern region of Lindi.

The project will be led by Total.

Mozambique gets loan for solar PV study

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded WHN Solar with a grant to conduct feasibility studies on the viability of a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant of up to 100MW in Mozambique.

In addition to the PV plant, which is planned to be developed in increments of 20MW to 40MW, the grant will also cover the energy storage facility component which could help stabilize the national grid.

Namibia opens two solar power plants

Nambia’s Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga announced that the Ejuva One and Ejuva Two solar power plants have opened.

The power plants are backed by a 25-year power purchase agreement with Nampower and are estimated to contribute 25.8GWh per year into the national grid. Located side by side, the projects will be managed as one.