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Angola's focus on local content in oil & gas sector
Angola's focus on local content in oil & gas sector

For decades, many of Africa's oil- and gas-producing states followed a predictable pattern. They treated their oil and gas primarily as raw materials that could be sold abroad for a quick profit...

By NJ Ayuk 12 Jan 2021

AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa
AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) earlier this month approved a $7m grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for technical assistance in setting up the Africa Mini-Grid Market Acceleration Programme...

31 Dec 2020

Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor
Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor

South Asia has made tremendous progress in connecting rural areas to the electricity grid but the number of people in Africa without access has scarcely changed since 2010...

By Jörg Peters and Maximiliane Sievert 30 Dec 2020

AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme
AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently approved a Desert-to-Power (D2P) technical support programme that aims to advance the rollout of solar generation in G5 Sahel countries...

28 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2020: Energy & Mining

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Energy & Mining platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list...

14 Dec 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Africa's power demand to keep rising between 4-5% per year

Total electricity generation in Africa stood at 870TWh in 2019, an increase of 2.9% from 846TWh in 2018. Africa's electricity generation capacity has grown at an average of 4.8% per annum since 2008...

3 Dec 2020

Maersk Voyager, deepwater drip ship. Photo supplied
Oil & gas activities trigger big investments in Namibia, Angola and South Africa

Last spring, the Maersk Voyager, an ultra-deepwater drillship under contract by French supermajor Total, sank a wildcat well to a depth of 3,628 metres (11,903 feet) in Block 48...

By NJ Ayuk 24 Nov 2020

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

How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in Southern Africa
How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in Southern Africa

Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa's most sensitive protected areas...

By Surina Esterhuyse 19 Oct 2020

Verner Ayukegba, Africa Energy Chamber
Germany looks to Mozambique for gas needs

Gas is fast establishing itself as a key player in the global energy transition dynamics as nations seek to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other air pollutants...

16 Oct 2020

Nomalungelo Gina, deputy minister, trade, industry and competition
Government pledges support for Mozambique gas projects

South Africa has reiterated its commitment to support the Mozambique government in developing its emerging gas market...

30 Sep 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

NJ Ayuk, executive chairman, African Energy Chamber
LNG projects could transform Mozambique - if Western environmentalists don't interfere

When Anadarko Petroleum Corp. confirmed last year it would be constructing a $20bn liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in Mozambique, this was major news...

By NJ Ayuk 21 Sep 2020

Image: Total
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

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

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

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

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

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



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