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Muloni, Katureebe Swear In New Electricity Disputes Tribunal Members

The Electricity Disputes Tribunal (EDT) has been fully constituted by government with as seven-member Tribunal to hear and determine electricity related complaints.

The tribunal led by Charles Okoth Owor as chairman, and Mr. Anaclet Turyakira as his vice was established by the Electricity Act in 1999 after the liberalistion of the power sector and been operating with only three members since 2006.

Following the death of one of the members, Eng. Moses Musaazi in 2018, the Tribunal has lacked the requisite quorum of three members, to effectively and efficiently carry out its statutory mandate.

Eng. Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development on Thursday 15th August 2019, presented the five new and additional members before the Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Bart katureebe to take oath before embarking on their new appointments.

The new members are Eng. Dr Terry Kahuma, Mr Judy Mike Mudoma , Ms Harriet Wanyoto, Mrs Christine Muhindo and Eng Paul Mubiru.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe welcomed the move to have a fully constituted EDT insisting that a growing economy generates a myriad of business disputes, which may require such specialized tribunals.

“To facilitate a fast, and efficient resolution of industry related disputes, we need such tribunals. Unresolved disputes lead to long delays in growth as business comes to a standstill awaiting justice”, said Justice Katureeba.

Justice Katureeba added that about 3-4 trillion shillings is tied up in the commercial court due to unresolved disputes. He said such Tribunals are needed in the entire country not only to speed up justice but to also facilitate business and growth.

Mr. Charles Okoth Owor, the chairperson EDT said the demise of their colleague in 2018 had negatively impacted the ability of the Tribunal to function.

“We are pleased to have new members to the tribunal. The EDT can now resume work on the backlog of complaints that have accumulated overtime since we lost our colleague Eng. Dr Musaazi”, said Okoth Owor.

The EDT is mandated to hear and determine all electricity related disputes that are referred to it except criminal cases. The EDT has all powers of the High Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction.

Search For Promising Sub-Saharan Solar Photovoltaic Projects Returns

Phanes Group, an international end-to-end solar provider headquartered in Dubai, UAE, is once again on the hunt for promising solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to support in sub-Saharan Africa, as the company relaunches its Solar Incubator program.

Now in its third consecutive year, the competition continues towards its goal of electrifying more communities for a sustainable future.

With over 600 million people lacking access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, the need for sustainable, affordable and commercially viable energy sources – such as solar PV – is undeniable.

In the sub-Saharan region, a lack of energy access also remains a key barrier to economic and social progress. Phanes Group’s Solar Incubator was initiated in 2017 to tackle the issue head-on, fostering local innovation and investment by providing local solar PV developers with the funding and commercial and technical knowledge they otherwise couldn’t access. In 2018, that access to expertise was awarded to Senegalese engineer and innovator Mbaye Hadj.

“I had been working on my solar farm idea since July 2018, but these projects require a lot of intricate know-how, financial expertise, and funding – some of which I lacked,” noted Hadj.

“The guidance of Phanes Group and its partners will allow us to finally bring our project to life, so we can feed power to Senegal’s national electricity company. By achieving this we’ll help the local economy to grow, which so far has been held back by a lack of electricity,” he added.

Hadj’s triumph came at the 2018 Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa conference, where he presented his proposal for a 30-megawatt solar farm in his hometown of Gossas, Senegal.

Evaluation panel members were inspired by his desire to electrify schools, healthcare centers, and other critical services that are today in decline due to a lack of dependable power. Bettering applications from over 20 countries, Hadj also drew interest for his passion, knowledge, and heavy involvement in the region.

With the 2019 Solar Incubator open for entries, Phanes Group and its partners hope to see similar dynamism and community-focused concepts from this year’s applicants. Shortlisted developers will be invited to present their concept at Solarplaza’s Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa 2019 conference, held in Dakar, Senegal from October 16 to 17.

“Through our work across sub-Saharan Africa, we’ve met many individuals and organizations who possess great solar PV project ideas for their community but lack access to the necessary support and expertise to realize them,” commented Martin Haupts, CEO, Phanes Group.

“We launched the Solar Incubator program in 2017 to identify the very best of these projects, and reduce the knowledge and funding gap they face in a collaborative way. We hope to once again enable participants to bring lasting positive change to the community around them,” added Haupts.

“The return of the Solar Incubator program spells great news for passionate solar PV developers who have the vision and on-ground knowledge but not necessarily the broader project-wide expertise,” commented Edwin Koot, Solarplaza.

“Financial viability is a fundamental part of any successful solar PV project, and we hope that our continued partnership will provide that all important commercial strength, alongside a breadth of technical knowledge.”

To support the vision and ambition of more innovators like Mbaye Hadj, Phanes Group is encouraging eligible solar PV developers to apply for the third annual Solar Incubator program, held under the theme, “Your Project, Our Expertise, For a Sustainable Future”.

Before the deadline of 04 September, 2019 interested candidates should submit their applications via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information can be found at https://PhanesGroup.com/incubator, or at the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference website: https://africa.unlockingsolarcapital.com/solar-incubator.

Embrace Renewable Sources Of Energy To Conserve Environment

The most efficient way to curb environmental degradation and its impacts is to embrace renewable energy technologies including solar power and energy-saving stoves.

This was the main message disseminated by renewable energy sources stakeholders’ and experts at the Expo on renewable energy sources at Hoima Booma Sports Ground in municipality yesterday.

James Baanabe Isingoma the Director for Energy Resources Development in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said the technologies reduce pressure on forests in the country that are facing serious destruction mainly for energy now.

He says the demand for charcoal and firewood willed replaced by the use of biogas and solar panels among others which have tested to be efficient in various countries.

Grace Walukamba the Communications Manager for Uganda National Association for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance says, renewable energy technologies also help the population to reduce the costs on energy because of their affordable prices on the market.

UBOS report for 2014 census indicates that 80% of Ugandans depend on forests for energy warning that forests by be completely degraded if by 2040 if alternative energy sources are not embraced.

 

Chinese Firms To Acquire Mining, Oil & Gas Assets In Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Ronda has received great interest from public and private Chinese companies to invest in Equatorial Guinea and explore opportunities in oil & gas and minerals at the upcoming EG Ronda Licensing Round meetings in Beijing organized by the African Energy Chamber.

The Chamber will be hosting the 2-day investor forum at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing on July 2nd and 3rd, on behalf of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea.

The biggest names amongst the Chinese energy industry are confirmed to attend, including companies such as PowerChina Group, Sinochem, ENN Group, CCCC, CMEC, China Minmetals Corp, China Gas, Beijing Gas, Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group, PetroChina, Sinoenergy, CNOOC etc.

"We look forward to welcoming Chinese and global stakeholders at the EG Ronda forum in China. This is going to start our drive to build a successful and profitable mining sector as we have done with oil and gas," declared H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons who will be in Beijing next week with his delegation of senior officials.

"Our mining, oil and gas industry has one thing that foreign investor treasure which is certainty in the policies and regulations thanks to the leadership of the President.  Operating for years with a predictable and reliable framework has made our country competitive and we are going to develop our oil, gas and mining resources to benefit investors and our people," added the Minister.

The EG Ronda Licensing Round Roadshow 2019 in Beijing will be showcasing the 27 oil & gas blocks on offer under the country's 2019 oil & gas licensing round, and promote the high-potential that Equatorial Guinea has in minerals such as gold, diamonds, bauxite and iron ore.

H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima will notably be accompanied by the Director General of Hydrocarbons and the Director General of Minerals and Quarry, and hold several private meetings with Chinese investors.

"Equatorial Guinea has improved its mining and oil and gas policies to reflect the best international practices, as well as improving legal certainty for investors. It is no secret why there is a lot of interest from investors towards our Beijing forum.

The Chamber believes this will help attract more investments and jobs for to Equatorial Guinea. We expect Equatorial Guinea's strategy of outreach and engagement with global markets to result in very successful licensing rounds this year," said Mickaël Vogel, Director of Strategy at the Chamber.

Facility For Energy Inclusion Gets European Commission Investment Money

The African Development Bank announced a EUR 40 million investment from the European Commission for the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a new platform for financing small-scale renewables in Africa.

The announcement was made to energy sector stakeholders at a sideline event held during the Africa Energy Forum, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal from 11-14 June.

The Bank, the European Commission, in partnership with Lion’s Head Global Partners and Fieldstone and the Lusophone Renewable Energy Association, presented the Facility to participants at the Forum.

FEI is a $500 million financing platform spearheaded by the African Development Bank to catalyze financial support for innovative energy access solutions.: FEI On-grid, a targeted USD 400 million fund, supports improved energy access through the development of small-scale renewable energy generation and mini-grids across Africa, while the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF), a targeted USD 100 million fund, supports off grid energy distribution companies and boosts their long-term capacity to access capital markets at scale.

Joao Cunha, Manager for Renewable Energy Initiatives at the African Development Bank said FEI had been developed to offer debt instruments, including in local currency, to companies providing affordable, clean and sustainable access to underserved communities in the Sub-Saharan region.

“Through FEI, we aim to increase co-financing and private sector investment in innovative on-grid and off-grid clean energy access solutions, and consequently move faster on our “Light Up and Power Africa priority to achieve universal energy access in Africa by 2025,” said Cunha.

The event was attended by the renewable energy investor community, including representatives from various Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), international and African commercial banks, project developers and sponsors.

During the event, the FEI fund managers guided project sponsors and developers in attendance through project selection criteria, and financing terms of the specific FEI windows.

In December 2018, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) approved a EUR 25 million investment to FEI On-Grid window, EUR 13 million into the FEI OGEF window, and EUR 1.6 million to support the Fund’s Technical Assistance Facility, which aims to build investee capacity in structuring and executing transactions in African capital markets.

These investments will provide junior equity to strengthen FEI’s capital structure, and enable FEI to fundraise from a range of commercial and private investors.

"FEI is a great example of how the EU has been developing innovative financing initiatives together with financial partners such as the African Development Bank, to stimulate and de-risk private sector investments without which we won't be able to address the growing energy demands and provide access to sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa," said Hugo Van Tilborg, Head of Infrastructure, and African Development Bank Liaison at the EU.

The European Commission’s contribution further underscores the African Development Bank’s focus on building strong partnerships with diverse organizations in order to provide a wide range of grant and investment instruments to fast track sustainable energy access across the continent.

FEI’s off-grid window reached a $58 million first close in August 2018, with contributions from the African Development Bank, the Nordic Development Fund, the Global Environment Facility, All On and Calvert Impact Capital, Shell Foundation, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. FEI On-Grid is currently fundraising towards achieving a first close of about $120 million.

Centurion Law Group acquires German Energy Group

Centurion Law Group continues its expansion by acquiring Africa Counsel GMBH, an Africa-focused energy firm specializing in acquisitions, divestitures for German companies in the energy sector.

"Acquiring Africa Counsel complements our Energy activities in Europe and sets us on a path of doing great deals for clients expanding into the African energy space," said NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group.

Africa Counsel's core team of skilled specialists is supported by a wide network of independent subject-matter experts, whom we believe will help in safeguarding the investments of many German companies in Africa".

Centurion recently announced it will be pursuing a public listing this year with one of Europe's leading stock exchange. 

Energy Lawyers For Europe Public Listing

Centurion Law Group is set to become the first African legal and energy advisory firm to be publicly-listed this year, as it prepares to join one of Europe's leading stock exchange.

This represents a natural step for Centurion given the group's strong market share within the oil & gas sector in sub-Saharan Africa and its increased activity.

Last year, Centurion acquired IMANI-African Lawyers on Demand to launch Centurion Plus, Africa's leading flexible legal services model that offers cost savings and efficient flexible legal services across the continent.

Through Centurion Plus, corporate clients throughout Africa can select from a pool of approximately 190 carefully vetted, on-demand attorneys for temporary and project-based legal services.

"Centurion has always differentiated itself by its ability to adapt to change, get the deal done and being pan-African and Pro-African," declared CEO NJ Ayuk.

"The African legal market has changed a lot and we are proud to be a leader for legal transformations in Africa. We are looking at being listed in a few months and are truly excited about this new phase of growth for the company and for our clients."

Here Are Africa’s Leaders In Green Energy

Africa is set to drive global population growth over the next few decades but access to electricity in Africa is a challenge: According to the International Energy Agency, 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity.

Access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy — as laid out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Seven — will be crucial when to it comes to meeting other Sustainable Development Goals and tackling climate change.

Here, CNBC’s “Sustainable Energy” takes a look at the continent’s leaders in renewable energy capacity according to statistics from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA).

Capacity, according to IRENA, refers to “the maximum net generating capacity of power plants and other installations that use renewable energy sources to produce electricity.” The capacity figures relate to power plants and other installations that utilize renewables to generate electricity.

(10) Sudan: 2,136 MW

Hydropower is the main source of renewable electricity generation in Sudan, producing 8,051 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2016, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

(9) Nigeria: 2,143 MW

Despite being an oil rich member of OPEC, Nigeria – the most populous country in Africa – is home to “an abundance of various renewable energy resources” including solar, wind and small hydro power, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Work needs to be done to exploit these resources, however. To this end, the government wants renewables to make up 30% of the country’s electricity mix by 2030.

(8) Mozambique: 2,235 MW

Construction work on Mozambique’s first large-scale solar facility, a 40 MW plant near the city of Mocuba, started in 2018, according to solar firm Scatec Solar.

It’s estimated that, once complete, the plant will generate 79 GWh of electricity per year and help to power 175,000 homes.

(7) Zambia: 2,446 MW

Zambia is heavily reliant on hydropower, which generated 11,025 GWh in 2016, according to the IEA.

Change is taking place, though. In April 2019, the green energy subsidiary of Italian energy giant Enel started operations at a 34-megawatt (MW) solar plant, its first in the country.

Once fully operational, the power plant is set to produce 70 GWh every year, according to Enel.

(6) Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2,750 MW

A vast country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s biggest renewable source is hydropower, which generated 9,099 GWh in 2016, according to the IEA.

The United States Agency for International Development has said that the country could potentially “install up to 100,000 MW of hydropower capacity.”

(5) Angola: 2,763 MW

Like Nigeria, Angola is a member of OPEC and a major oil producer.

The country is also a significant force in hydropower, with generation from that source hitting 4.95 terawatt hours in 2016, according to the International Hydropower Association.

(4) Morocco: 3,263 MW

Morocco boasts the planet’s biggest concentrating solar park which according to the IEA illustrates its “ambition and technological capability.”

The country also has several wind farms, including the 300 MW Tarfaya facility, which is located on its southwest coast and can power 1.5 million homes, according to Siemens.

(3) Ethiopia: 4,351 MW

With over 4,000 MW of capacity, Ethiopia places third when it comes to renewable energy capacity in Africa, according to IRENA.

The country is part of the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program, which has the goal of making “privately funded grid-connected solar projects operational within two years and at competitive tariffs.”

(2) Egypt: 4,813 MW

Egypt has potential when it comes to renewables. In October 2018, IRENA said that Egypt could supply 53% of its electricity mix using renewables by 2030.

In April 2019, Norwegian developer Scatec Solar announced that the first part of its 400 MW Benban solar facility had been connected to the grid and commenced commercial operations.

Once finished, the Benban project will have 1.5 GW of capacity. Scatec is the largest contributor to the project.

(1) South Africa 6,065 MW

South Africa is the continent’s leader when it comes to renewable energy capacity, according to IRENA’s figures.

It is home to a number of solar power plants, including the 96 MW Jasper plant, a photovoltaic facility with 325,360 panels that can supply power to 80,000 homes.

When it comes to wind power, onshore installations in South Africa amounted to 2,085 MW in 2018, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.

The South African Wind Energy Association states that wind power accounts for 52% of the country’s renewable energy power supply, while the average size of a South African wind power facility is 93.5 MW.

Renewable Energy Employed 11m People Worldwide In 2018

Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018, IRENA's latest report on global jobs reveals. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017.

As more and more countries manufacture, trade and install renewable energy technologies, the latest Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review finds that renewables jobs grew to their highest level despite slower growth in key renewable energy markets including China.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind remain the most dynamic of all renewable energy industries. Accounting for one-third of the total renewable energy workflow, solar PV retains the top spot in 2018, ahead of hydropower, liquid biofuels and wind power. Geographically, Asia hosts over three million PV jobs, or nearly nine-tenths of the global total.

Most of the wind industry's activity still occurs on land and is responsible for the bulk of the sector's 1.2 million jobs. China alone accounts for 44 per cent of global wind employment, followed by Germany and the United States. Offshore wind could be an especially attractive option for leveraging domestic capacity and exploiting synergies with the oil and gas industry.

Key Findings

  • The solar PV industry retains the top spot, with a third of the total renewable energy workforce. In 2018, PV employment expanded in India, Southeast Asia and Brazil, while China, the United States, Japan and the European Union lost jobs.
  • Rising output pushed biofuel jobs up 6% to 2.1 million. Brazil, Colombia, and Southeast Asia have labour-intensive supply chains where informal work is prominent, whereas operations in the United States and the European Union are far more mechanised.
  • Employment in wind power supports 1.2 million jobs. Onshore projects predominate, but the offshore segment is gaining traction and could build on expertise and infrastructure in the offshore oil and gas sector.
  • Hydropower employs 2.1 million people directly, three quarters of whom are in operations and maintenance. The sector has the largest installed capacity of all renewables but is now expanding slowly.

Angola Is Next In Line For South African Energy Companies' Regional Expansion

As Angola works in attracting foreign investors from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, its closest African neighbours are also entering the race to tap into vast investment opportunities in Africa's second biggest oil producing market.

Beyond the traditional African oil players, most of them coming from Nigeria, South African companies have increasingly showed interest in regionalizing and expanding their businesses beyond their home country. President João Lourenço chose South Africa as his first state visit destination as President, which was followed in 2018 by a South African trade and investment mission to Luanda.

While Mozambique's LNG mega projects are seen for many South African construction, services and supply companies as very attractive and nearby opportunities, a sizeable and expanding market like Angola has also appeared on their radar in recent years.

It is notably the case of South Africa's state-owned giants like the Central Energy Fund (CEF), in charge of both developing a robust domestic energy market and securing the energy supplies South Africa needs to support its growing economy.

Under the Integrated Resources Plan set to be adopted by the country this year, 8,100MW of additional gas-to-power capacity is to be added in South Africa by 2030. South Africa also remains sub-Saharan Africa's largest refiner and is planning additional refining and petrochemicals units that will all require crude oil and natural gas supplies that do not exist domestically.

It is hence no surprise that Angola, with its lucrative opportunities and reformed business environment, will be hosting a strong delegation of South African companies during the upcoming Angola Oil & Gas Conference 2019, set to be held in Luanda on June 4-6. The summit is organized by Africa Oil & Power and endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum of Angola.

"The economic reforms passed by President Lourenço and the opening of wide swaths of oil and gas acreage constitute the single biggest exploration opportunity in the history of Angola," said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power. "This is a new era for Angola that will herald the arrival of several new entrants to the market."

Amongst the new entrants, the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), a CEF group company, will be present to look into the various licenses and blocks Angola has to offer. The state-owned entity already recently became owner and operator of South Sudan's Block B2 under an exploration & production sharing agreement (EPSA) signed in Juba this month, and is keen to continue securing additional assets and reserves across Africa's key oil markets that can benefit South Africans.

"The Strategic Fuel Fund seeks to invest in and acquire key oil & gas assets across Africa that can be of important interest to the host countries and South Africa" declared Godfrey Moagi, CEO of the SFF. "In our quest for attractive assets with vast resource potential, we believe Angola offers the right kind of environment, mature fields and political leadership needed to realize successful ventures."

Angola has indeed just released a new oil licensing strategy up to 2025, and is about to launch for the first time a bidding round that includes marginal oil fields with an attractive fiscal framework. Oil concessions are now overseen by a new and independent agency, the ANPG, which took this responsibility over from state-owned Sonangol in a move to make the process more efficient and transparent.

"The ambitious reform agenda of President João Laurenço and Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Dr. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo is proving successful in building up investors' trust and confidence," said Centurion Law Group CEO and AEC Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk. "It is very encouraging to see major African players coming to Angola from across the continent. This is very promising for the growing African energy cooperation and the development of our industry."

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is the only Africa-wide association that represents all aspects of Africa's oil and gas industry. The AEC represents more than 120 partner companies involved in all aspects of the African energy industry. Its Angola operations are overseen and represented by Sergio Pugliese.

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