Middle Eastern energy players are lining up solar and wind projects on the African continent.
Whether in Ethiopia with Masdar Clean Energy; in South Africa with Acwa Power; in Togo, Mali, Malawi and Egypt with AMEA Power or Phanes, Middle Eastern energy players (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), already established in the Maghreb and South Africa, are digging their furrows in the East and West of the African continent.
Masdar Clean Energy in Ethiopia
Under an agreement signed with the Ethiopian government, Masdar Clean Energy (Abu Dhabi) has been awarded the contract for the development and financing of photovoltaic parks, as well as the infrastructure for power transmission. The agreement includes the construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of 500 MWp, as well as the design, engineering, procurement of materials, construction, operation and maintenance of the plants, as well as the necessary infrastructure for the transmission of electricity. The energy produced will be bought back by the national power company, Ethiopian Electric Power.
Acwa Power in South Africa
Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia), an investor and independent power producer, is to begin construction of the largest solar power plant in Africa. In Redstone, South Africa, it will have a capacity of 100 MW with a financing of more than 800 million dollars. The facility, which will power 200,000 South African homes, is certified by the Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme. It is in line with the objectives of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Amea Power in Togo
The UAE company Amea Power, a subsidiary of Al Nowais Investments, has officially commissioned its first operational power plant in Africa: a 50 MWp solar photovoltaic plant in Blitta, Togo. It is the first renewable energy project developed by an independent power producer and one of the largest solar power plants in West Africa. Named Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, the plant was delivered in just 18 months. Located 267 km from the capital of Togo, it will provide electricity to more than 158,000 homes per year.
Phanes Group in Malawi
Phanes Group and Malawi have partnered to build a solar power plant that will have a capacity of 21 MWp. The first phase of a solar photovoltaic project by the independent power producer that will eventually have a capacity of 37 MWp, the plant will diversify the energy resources of the country, which is fairly dependent on hydro power.
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