Africa Oil & Gas: TLOU generates first power from CBM in Botswana

TLO first power cbm


Tlou Energy, the AIM and Australia-listed independent active in Botswana coalbed methane (CBM) development, said June 20 that it generated its first power from CBM at its field in Botswana following the installation of a gas generator at the Selemo project area.

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Mozambique Renewables: Funding guaranteed for Mocuba solar plant


MW Solar Power Plants

Funding is guaranteed for the construction of a photovoltaic power station capable of generating 40.5 megawatts of power in Mocuba district, in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, according to a report in Monday’s issue of the independent daily “O Pais”. Continue reading

Global Oil & Gas: “Energy demand stumbles for third year” – BP report


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LONDON (Reuters) – Global energy demand continued its sluggish growth last year as China’s growth fell to its lowest in nearly 20 years while renewables flourished, BP said in a report on Tuesday. Continue reading

Global Industry: The Real Reason Behind The Qatar Crisis – Natural Gas


Qatar-Turqkey Gas Line

According to the official narrative, the reason for the latest Gulf crisis in which a coalition of Saudi-led states cut off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, is because – to everyone’s “stunned amazement” – Qatar was funding terrorists, and after Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia in which he urged a crackdown on financial support of terrorism, and also following the FT’s report that Qatar has directly provided $1 billion in funding to Iran and al-Qaeda spinoffs, Saudi Arabia finally had had enough of its “rogue” neighbor, which in recent years had made ideologically unacceptable overtures toward both Shia Iran and Russia. Continue reading

Mozambique Renewables: Mocuba to hold the largest sub-Saharan solar park outside South Africa

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A solar park. Illustration

The largest sub-Saharan solar energy park, excluding South Africa, for a total investment of US $ 76 million, will be born in Mozambique, one of the funders announced. Continue reading

Energy & Sustainability: World’s Energy System Not On Track To Meet Climate Goals


Denmark’s Horns Rev offshore wind farm. Wind power made up 35%of its electicity needs in 2013 (Flickr/ VattenfalL)

Barely one tenth of renewable energy technology is ready to meet long-term climate change targets as governments have failed to adequately support large-scale deployment, acoording to the report by the International Energy Agency quoted by Reuters on Tuesday. Continue reading

Energy Technology Perspectives 2017: The global energy system is changing


Decisive policy actions and market signals will be needed to drive technological development (Photograph: Getty Images)

More people are connecting to the grid as living standards improve around the world. Demand for consumer appliances and electronic devices is rising. New and innovative transportation technologies, such as electric vehicles and autonomous cars are also boosting power demand. Continue reading

Africa Renewables: Korea to open training centre for renewable energy technology


South Korea to Open Energy Center in Tanzania in 2017

In a bid to boost energy access in rural Tanzania, the government of the Republic of Korea, yesterday, revealed plans to open a training centre for renewable energy technology in Arusha Region. Continue reading

Africa Renewables: US$ 1 million grant for a 20MW Off-Grid Rooftop Solar project in Zimbabwe

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A solar PV rooftop

The African Development Bank (AfDB)-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US$ 965,000 grant to Oxygen Energy Private Limited to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of a 20MW off-grid solar PV rooftop project on buildings owned and managed by Old Mutual Property Group Zimbabwe countrywide. Continue reading

Mozambique Energy: Galp Energia to provide power for schools and hospitals in rural areas


Galp Energy Group

Portuguese oil group Galp Energia will donate US$674,000 to Mozambique to finance solar energy projects to light primary schools and health facilities in rural areas of four provinces under an agreement signed on Tuesday in Maputo. Continue reading