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Ethiopia and Eritrea announce plans for new rail link

8th February 2019 Ethiopia and Eritrea have announced plans to building a railway line connecting the Ethiopian capital city of Addiss Ababa and the port of Massawa, in Eritrea. According to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Italy has pledged to finance a feasibility study for the planned 736 km railway line... 

Ethiopia moving to scale up investments in solar

8th February 2019 Ethiopia is scaling up investments in solar energy after unveiling six projects that will have a capacity to generate 750 MW.   As part of its ambitions to become a net exporter of electricity, the Horn of Africa nation said the six projects estimated to cost $800-million will be implemented... 

Kenya aims to begin exporting oil within months

1st February 2019 Kenya is aiming to export its first consignment of crude oil in a few months, after amassing 60 000 bbl in storage tanks in the coastal city of Mombasa. British firm Tullow Oil has revealed that trucking of crude from oilfields in Lokichar, in north-western Kenya, for storage at the refinery in... 

Rwanda receives $265m from AfDB for power distribution infrastructure

2nd November 2018 Rwanda’s efforts to increase electricity access received a major boost recently when the country secured $265-million to finance the construction of distribution facilities. The funds, secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB), will support the construction of 795 km of medium-voltage and... 

Completion of grid project opens way for renewables in Kenya

28th September 2018 Kenya is set to connect about 310 MW of electricity generation capacity to the national grid, following the completion of a much-delayed transmission line project. After about two years delay, the East Africa nation has finally completed the Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line paving the way for... 

Developer of Ethiopian geothermal plant targeting financial close in 2019

28th September 2018 A private company implementing a $2-billion geothermal power plant in Ethiopia is hoping to attain financial closure next year to enable it to deliver the first 50 MW by 2021. Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO) says negotiations are at an advance stage with potential financiers of the 520 MW... 

Kenya mulling oil pipeline connecting it to Ethiopia, South Sudan

31st August 2018 Kenya is set to embark on a feasibility study for a 790 km crude oil pipeline connecting the country to Ethiopia and South Sudan. The Lamu–Isiolo–Moyale pipeline will be part of the Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia–Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project, which is aimed at not only facilitating the... 

Kenya expressway project hangs in the balance

24th August 2018 Construction of a $2.1-billion expressway between the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and the port city of  Mombasa hangs in the balance following a decision by President Ururu Kenyatta's government not to finance the project through debt. Instead, it has directed the contractor, US construction giant... 

Kenya to lower age limit on used-vehicle imports to promote local assembly

20th July 2018 Kenya has decided to reduce the age limit of used vehicles allowed into the country to promote local assemblers, who are struggling to increase sale of new vehicles in a market choking with imports. Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said that Kenya is on the verge of reducing the... 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

6th July 2018 The authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

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