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Week commencing 5 February 2018
Cronimet Mining, in partnership with local energy firm Motse, is planing to build a mini solar energy distribution grid with a pay-as-you-go system, on the island of Chiloane. Under a memorandum of understanding signed with the Mozambican Energy Fund, the two companies plan to finance and build the mini-grid and guarantee the production of 200MW of electricity. The partners hope the pilot project will demonstrate the economic viability of pay-as-you-go mini solar grids.
Club of Mozambique 31 January
CITA Petroleum, an indigenous aviation fuel handling company, has signed a pact with Singaporean oil company Puma Energy in a bid to enhance Jet-A1 supply in the aviation industry. There are several problems with regards to local aviation fuel supply, including zero refining capacity and full dependence on imported fuel, which is affected by foreign exchange availability. The new deal is expected to create supply and availability to tackle the perennial shortage and distribution logistics challenges affecting the nation’s aviation sector.
The Guardian Nigeria 24 January
French independent power producer Akuo Energy has secured €78m in financing to build the 50MW Akuo Kita Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant in southern Mali. The plant will be the first solar PV power station in Mali owned and run by a private sector company. It will also be the largest solar farm in west Africa. Akuo Kita Solar will sell its power to Electricité du Mali, the national utility, under a 28-year power purchase agreement.
Engineering News 29 January
A consortium of Chinese companies called the NARI Group Corporation and Power China Guizhou Engineering Company has been awarded a $94m contract to complete the transmission line linking Lake Turkana wind power to the national grid by 31 August, following the termination of Spanish energy firm Isolux Corsán’s contract in 2017. The 428km power line is 70% complete. Once complete, it will evacuate wind electricity from Marsabit to Suswa substation in Narok.
Daily Nation 31 January
Japanese contractor World Kogyo Kaihatsu has won the tender for the second phase of dualling of Nairobi’s Ngong Road from Prestige Plaza to Dagoretti Corner. The 2,42km stretch will be built at a cost of $23m, which will come from a grant from the Japanese government. The firm estimates the project will take two years to complete and is set to start in early March.
Daily Nation 29 January
Acome’s automotive products and systems division has opened a new industrial plant in the Tangier Free Zone business park. The site will produce automobile cables. The factory, which cost €19m to set up, will export 75% of its output. Once up and running, the Moroccan automotive industry will be producing about 25% of the automotive cables consumed in Europe. It will ultimately have the capacity to deliver 1.5 million vehicles for the Moroccan and international market.
Morocco World News 28 January