Chanda Nxumalo, director, Harmattan Renewables
The role of blockchain in Africa's energy transition

Blockchain is expected to play an essential role as African countries transition towards a distributed, digitised, and decentralised power system...

19 Nov 2020

Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of energy transitions
Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of energy transitions

Spurred on by the Covid-19 global pandemic, the world is finally galvanising its commitment to move towards a green and sustainable future by mid-century, and the global energy transition is the cornerstone of this new world...

12 Nov 2020

Energy resources can spark Africa's economic growth
Energy resources can spark Africa's economic growth

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, not all of the economic news in Africa has been negative. We continue to see promising developments...

By NJ Ayuk 4 Nov 2020

Photo: Thor Explorations
Walking the ESG talk in the Nigerian mining industry

In recent years, environmental, social and governance (ESG) drivers in the Nigerian mining industry have become essential in response to the Nigerian government's minimum standards and investor pressure...

16 Oct 2020

Professor Njuguna Ndung’u
Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020

Lagos only gets about 10% of its electricity needs, leaving its 20-million inhabitants to their own devices. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
What Nigeria's poor power supply really costs and how a hybrid system could work for business

Nigeria faces the triple challenge of providing reliable power supply, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and keeping energy affordable to consumers...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olówósejéjé 23 Sep 2020

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Africa needs to do a better job to attract exploration investment

Africa needs to do a better job of attracting exploration investment as the global competition increases...

1 Sep 2020

Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation

Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

By Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

Africa's distributed renewable energy sector still dominated by foreign players
Africa's distributed renewable energy sector still dominated by foreign players

The distributed renewable energy sector in Africa has grown rapidly since 2013, but it has so far failed to include locally-owned companies and initiatives...

21 Jul 2020

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...

16 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

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

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

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

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.
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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

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

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

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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

SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

18 Feb 2020

AfDB provides multi-million-dollar grant to boost renewable energy access in Liberia
AfDB provides multi-million-dollar grant to boost renewable energy access in Liberia

The AfDB has approved a $34.74m grant and loan to boost renewable energy access and promote an attractive investment climate in Liberia...

12 Feb 2020

Nivaash Singh
Don't underestimate the value of an experienced financial partner

While the risks are high, Africa currently offers a very compelling mining proposition with a number of excellent prospects in many parts of the continent...

By Nivaash Singh 10 Feb 2020

Cathleen Cox, John Welborn, David Awram, Peter Ruxton
#MiningIndaba2020: Gold(en) opportunities in West Africa

West Africa still holds a certain lustre among gold miners, although they are cautious about the regulatory and security risks...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project
Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project

Togo broke ground on its 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex in Blitta this month...

6 Feb 2020

Equatorial Guinea positioning itself as a regional gas hub
Equatorial Guinea positioning itself as a regional gas hub

Equatorial Guinea is positioning itself as the Gulf of Guinea's gas hub and and hopes to deliver where others have failed: developing the first successful cross-border gas venture on the continent...

31 Jan 2020

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China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

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