Power Newsbrief Africa
KenGen Commissions Unit 6 of Olkaria Power Plant
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced the commissioning of the Olkaria I Geothermal Power Plant’s Unit 6. The company said it had completed the production tests on the new geothermal power plant with a capacity of 83.3MWe.
The energy generated will be supplied to the Kenyan national power grid. According to KenGen, geothermal power now makes up 39% of its total installed generation capacity. The new unit is set to increase the plant’s capacity to 796MWe. Production testing began in April 2022. KenGen contracted Marubeni Corporation to construct Olkaria I Unit 6.
As a result, geothermal energy is second only to hydroelectricity in the country’s energy mix. Kenya has a cumulative installed generation capacity of 2,819MW.
Ncondezi Energy to Develop 300mw Solar Project in Mozambique
Ncondezi Energy Ltd, also known as the African Power Development Company, is conducting a feasibility study for an up to 300mw solar-plus-storage project. The project is located within a coal-based thermal power plant site project in northern Mozambique.
WSP Group Africa will conduct the feasibility study, which would last for four months. The photovoltaic (PV) site is expected to be installed in the Ncondezi mining concession in the Moatize and Chiuta districts of the Tete Province. Ncondezi expects the solar park to supply power to the grid by 2024.
The company plans to secure off-takers in Mozambique and the Southern African Power Pool. The cash flow, which is fully diluted from the project, is estimated to be between $130million and $180million over the 25-year period of the project’s lifespan.
NOCAL Plans to Drill Offshore Wells in Liberia
President of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Saifuah Mai Gray, has said that the company is examining a proposal from a UK-based institution to drill several scientific wells offshore West Africa, including Liberia, as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) to improve the country’s oil and gas discovery.
The proposal is from Dr Uisdean Nicholson of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. NOCAL, in collaboration with the Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA), conducted the 2020 Harper Basin License Round, which has now translated into a direct negotiation process. Liberia has 33 offshore blocks, and the country’s seismic data includes 2D seismic (34,000 kilometres) and 3D seismic (24,000 square kilometres).
Gray said the concept of mixed energy as the way forward is what Africa, notwithstanding that the world is preparing for an energy transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy.
CI-Energies, Aera Group renew 2020 partnership on Hydroelectric Plant
Côte d’Ivoire Energies and the Aera group have renewed the partnership signed in 2020 to monetise the carbon credit of the Soubré hydroelectric power station in southwest Côte d’Ivoire. The carbon credit at the heart of this collaboration is a unit equal to one tonne of CO2 emissions.
The Soubré hydroelectric plant saves 600,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. Aera will also manage the hydroelectric facility’s carbon certification procedures under the renewed contract. The plant, which opened in 2017, is powered by a dam built by the Chinese firm Sinohydro on the Sassandra River in the southwestern Ivory Coast.
The hydroelectric power plant, which has three generators, has a capacity of 275MW. The project cost 331 billion CFA francs or more than EUR504 million. The Ivorian government provided the financing via a loan of 239 billion CFA francs (over 364 million euros) from the Exim Bank of China.
Lekki Phase 1 to Experience 7hrs Power Outage Today – TCN
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that some electricity consumers in Lekki near Lagos will be without power for several hours today (Wednesday, July 20.) The government power monitor said in a statement on Tuesday that the outage would impact Lekki Phase 1, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon, and Twenty-first Century Estate.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) hereby inform the general public that there will be a power outage on its Ajah/Lekki 330kV transmission line on Wednesday, July 20 2022, between the hours of 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM,” the notice reads.
“This is to enable the annual preventive maintenance on the line bay at Lekki Transmission Substation.” About 50mw will be interrupted during the maintenance period.