Apr 26, 2018 Last Updated 9:12 AM, Apr 25, 2018

Construction begins on Kenyan wind farm

ABN – Construction has begun on the Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya.

The project is set to replace Ethiopia’s Ashegold Wind Farm project as Africa’s largest wind farm.

Approximately 15% of Kenya’s local energy consumption will come from the project, which is enough power for 333,000 households.

A 450 kilometre transmission line is also being constructed by national grid company Ketraco, to connect the outskirts of Nairobi to neighbouring rural towns.

Completion for the project is expected for the first quarter of 2017.


Top Tanzanian officials arrested following oil & gas contract disputes

ABN – After failing to release the government and investor signed oil & gas contracts to parliament top officials were arrested this week at Tanzania’s state-owned oil agency.

The arrests followed disputes in the country over whether it is getting a fair deal for its newfound natural resources.

The east African nation hopes to be lifted to the middle-income country rank by 2030 after discovering a huge offshore gas reserve.

However the government has kept the terms of the production-sharing agreements under wraps raising suspicion over who the agreement will benefit.

Police were instructed by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts to conduct the arrests of the director general of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation James Andelile and board chairman Michael Mwanda.

Zitto Kabwe, the parliamentary committee's chairman, said: "Transparency of contracts is fundamental for ensuring proper management of natural resources. Without transparency, no accountability."

Andelile and Mwanda refused to release 26 oil & gas contracts to the parliamentary oversight panel by the 3 November deadline.


SunPower to build Cape Town solar facility

ABN – SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) plans to own and operate a Cape Town-based solar panel manufacturing facility.

The company plans to use the factory to manufacture its high-efficiency SunPower E20/440 Solar Panels, with the hope of producing 160 megawatts annually.

The South African facility will also be home to SunPower’s engineering, procurement and construction offices and its operations & management operations.

SunPower COO Marty Neese said: "SunPower has a significant presence in the South African solar market, including two large power plants built this year and another one that will begin construction soon.

“By manufacturing our high-efficiency solar panels at this new facility, we will not only help the local economy, but continue to deliver clean, renewable energy to this region.”

The new facility is scheduled to open in 2015.


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