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De-risking investments to boost Africa's renewable energy transition
De-risking investments to boost Africa's renewable energy transition

Africa has experienced a decade of positive socio-economic growth, supported by a continued progress of electricity access that finally outpaced population growth between 2014 and 2018...

9 hours ago

Methane gas extraction on Lake Kivu. Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Rwanda extracts methane from Lake Kivu for electricity. How it works

Lake Kivu lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. It's almost the size of Mauritius and has a maximum depth of 480 metres. Lake Kivu also stores huge amounts of methane gas which Rwanda extracting to produce electricity...

By Natacha Tofield-Pasche 12 hours ago

Toufik Khitous, business development manager for North Africa, Wärtsilä Energy Business
How Egypt banks on renewables to meet expected surge of energy demand

To meet its soaring demand for energy, Egypt is turning to renewable sources. Its targets, if accomplished, will see it become a pioneer in the African energy landscape. But are the plans realistic?

By Toufik Khitous 1 day ago

Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution
Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution

South Africa's well positioned to adopt electric vehicles but this isn't a solution in itself because the vehicles would still depend on electricity generated from carbon-emitting coal power stations...

By MJ (Thinus) Booysen and Mark Apperley 10 Jul 2020

Trilateral talks resume on Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project
Trilateral talks resume on Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are back at the negotiation table to discuss the future of what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric project, the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD), but the process threatens to be rocky.

8 Jul 2020

Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

Kibali Mine is fully automated. Image: Barrick Gold Corporation
Covid is forcing the mining sector to adopt technology

"Can you imagine explaining 5G or autonomy or the cloud to a mine boss from, even the, mid-twentieth century? Or even remote technologies that we're using now, pre-Covid-19 in some cases?"

23 Jun 2020

The Nigerian Naira has been under a lot pressure lately
Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria's post-Covid-19 recovery plan has some merit. But it misses the mark

The Covid-19 pandemic will have economic consequences for many countries. In Nigeria, the country's lockdowns froze economic activities, causing job losses and supply chain disruptions.

By Tolu Olarewaju 22 Jun 2020

Ivanhoe's Kamoa-Kakula Mine in DRC
Commodities, power and capacity building

Commodities resilience in the face of a crisis, the need for an energy regulator and local content were under discussion on the second day of the Digital DRC Mining Week webinar...

22 Jun 2020

Barrick's Kibali mine
Miners bump heads over DRC mining code

Things got heated in a discussion about the Democratic Republic of Congo's mining code with juniors squaring off against the big mining houses on the first day of this week's Digital DRC Mining Week...

19 Jun 2020

Kenyan miners have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic Recep Canik/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Covid-19 is underscoring the vulnerable lives of Kenya's artisanal gemstone miners

In a country like Kenya, artisanal and small-scale mining represents a significant proportion of gemstone mining. Taita Taveta County is the largest producer of gemstones, with artisanal and small-scale mining accounting for over 60% of its annual production...

By Judy N Muthuri 18 Jun 2020

Source: Further Africa
Update on Mozambique LNG project

In recent weeks, Mozambique liquified natural gas project (LNG) has garnered much media coverage - for both positive and negative reasons. In April, it became the centre of the country's Covid-19 outbreak..

8 Jun 2020

The demand of power in West Africa is rising. Sebastian Sterl
How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals

Not too long ago, when the idea of solar and wind energy was still hotly debated, critics used to point out the limitations of these energy sources: the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow...

By Sebastian Sterl & Robert Brecha 5 Jun 2020

Ghana is still finding ways of maximising its oil wealth. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
Ghana has tried to be responsible with its oil wealth. This is how

After Ghana discovered oil and gas in 2007, the government and civil society aspired to avoid the "resource curse". This is when countries have an abundance of non-renewable natural resources but no economic growth...

By Emmanuel Graham, Ismael Ackah, Nathan Andrews & Ransford Edward 29 May 2020

Going underground in Camarines Norte province, Philippines. EPA
Meet the struggling gold miners who are missing out on boom in the precious metal

In Mukungwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of young men and women live in makeshift huts. They have no access to sanitation or health facilities. They work as manual drillers, carriers or timber specialists in narrow underground tunnels, which exposes them to everything from toxic metals to cave-ins and even suffocation...

By Sara Geenen & Boris Verbrugge 27 May 2020

Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project
Mining in a post-Covid DRC will be "survival of the fittest"

While some mining operations in the DRC have been able to continue production despite Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, experts agree that the country's mining industry faces a tough post-pandemic period...

22 May 2020

Tom Alweendo, Namibia’s minister of mines and energy.
Namibia's plans for greater energy security

To improve its energy security, Namibia is planning to grow its upstream industry by reviewing its policies in a bid to court private sector investors...

By Nicci Botha 18 May 2020

New Angolan budgetary restrictions underline government's determination to support Opec
New Angolan budgetary restrictions underline government's determination to support Opec

Angola has suspended all contracts signed under the public investment programme where a source of funding has not yet been definitively secured.

13 May 2020

Image source: Tullow
Total buys Tullow Oil's Uganda project

Total has acquired Tullow Oil's entire interests in Uganda Lake Albert development project including its East African Crude Oil Pipeline for an overall consideration of $575m...

29 Apr 2020

Oil smeared fishboats on oily mud in the river during low tide at K-Dere, near Bodo in the Niger Delta region Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images
How oil and water create a complex conflict in the Niger Delta

In the Niger Delta's coastal communities, oil pollution of the marine environment has depleted the fishing and water resources that people have traditionally depended on for their livelihoods. This has led to a complex pattern of conflicts in the region since the late 1990s...

By Abosede Omowumi Babatunde 23 Apr 2020

Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?
Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?

While Africa has enjoyed great achievements in oil and gas developments and seen the launch of numerous successful renewable energy programmes, bringing online large scale world-class projects, it still has not managed to close the power gap as it hedges forward with its goal of sustainable energy mixes. So, what's next for Africa?

22 Apr 2020

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AU study: Covid-19 could cost Africa $500bn, damage tourism and aviation sectors

Up to 20 million jobs in the formal and informal sectors in Africa could be lost because of Covid-19, according to a new study by the African Union...

By Kingsley Ighobor 17 Apr 2020

European agri industry gets funding for Covid-19
European agri industry gets funding for Covid-19

It will be guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which forms the financial pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe...

7 Apr 2020

A visitor sanitises hands before entering a state hospital at Yaba, Lagos. Hospitals like this are likely to suffer power cuts as lock down force Nigerians to stay at home and consume more power.
Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Covid-19: Nigeria should prioritise power supply to healthcare facilities

Nigeria may have to implement a nationwide lockdown to stem the rise in Covid-19 cases. Such a drastic measure would alter the country's energy consumption pattern. This would further burden an already dilapidated power supply system...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olowosejeje 31 Mar 2020

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Relief for Equatorial Guinea oil & gas services companies

Equatorial Guinea is waiving oil & gas services fees in the wake of the oil price drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Oil prices currently remain at around $20 a barrel, their lowest level since 1991...

24 Mar 2020

Source: Mercom India
#energyindaba: eSwatini works on energy independence

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini has developed a comprehensive long-term energy master plan based on renewable energy to reduce its dependency on its neighbours for its electricity supply...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

Kandeh Yumkellah
#energyindaba: Africa's energy transition must focus on fairness, wealth creation, jobs

Africa has the will to transition to more sustainable energy, but the emphasis must be on a just process...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

Mozambique's gas promise
Mozambique's gas promise

It has been almost exactly 10 years since Anadarko drilled the well that would give Mozambique its first major gas find in over 60 years of mostly disappointing oil and gas exploration...

By NJ Ayuk 3 Mar 2020

How heat can be used to store renewable energy
How heat can be used to store renewable energy

The effect that fossil fuels are having on the climate emergency is driving an international push to use low-carbon sources of energy...

By Antoine Koen and Pau Farres Antunez 27 Feb 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
How to address security threats to the mining industry

In November 2019, local gunmen killed 37 employees of Canadian miner Semafo who were travelling to work at the Boungou mine in Burkina Faso, raising awareness of the dangers faced by mining majors operating in foreign countries...

By JP Casey 21 Feb 2020

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