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Britain's Equinox to invest $250 million in Kenya biogas power project

Britain’s Equinox Energy Capital is close to concluding a $250 million (£194 million) fundraising round to invest in a project in western Kenya to produce electricity from invasive lake weed water hyacinth.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has announced plans to venture into the internet service provision business.

Modderfontein New City, Johannesburg, South Africa

11 giant infrastructure projects that are reshaping Africa

By the United Nations’ estimate, the continent will see its current population of 1.2 billion double by the year 2050.

Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

Ethiopia on Saturday officially opened the Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam, which is among the biggest in Africa, despite concerns by environmentalists about its impact downstream and upon neighboring countries.

Endeavor-led consortium to build Ghana power station

Endeavor-led consortium to build $552M Ghana power station

A consortium led by Africa-focused power producer Endeavor Energy began building a $552 million, 200-megawatt power plant in Ghana on Wednesday, it said in a statement.

How Kenya has become a geothermal superpower

How Kenya has become a geothermal superpower (Video)

Kenya is a global superpower of the flower trade, and Oserian, one of the largest fair-trade flower farms in the country, is a major reason why.

Felichesmi Mramba, Managing Director, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)

Tanzania plans Ethiopia energy imports as 12-nation regional power pool emerges

Tanzania expects to begin importing electricity from Ethiopia in 2019 when the eastern African nations complete interconnection grids currently to form a regional power pool.

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya plans to begin constructing its first nuclear power plant at a cost of $5 billion by 2021 as the country seeks to bring down the cost of electricity.

Jeff Schlapinski, Director of Research, EMPEA

Private equity investment in Africa heats up as pension funds stay local

African private equity is having its moment in the sun, with pension funds on the continent ready to invest in their own backyard as investment banks continue to retreat from lending and domestic strategies mature.

Scatec Solar and Norfund sign power purchase agreement for Mozambique's first large-scale scale solar plant

Scatec Solar and Norfund sign power purchase agreement for Mozambique's first large-scale solar plant

In addition to this new 40 MW plant in Mozambique, Scatec Solar operates 200 MW of solar power plants in South Africa and Rwanda and has new projects under development across Africa, including in Mali, Nigeria and Kenya.

GE Venture to Build World’s Largest LPG Power Plant in Ghana

GE Venture to Build World’s Largest LPG Power Plant in Ghana

General Electric Co., Endeavor Energy Resources LP and Sage Petroleum Ltd. won approval from Ghanaian lawmakers for the construction of the world’s largest liquefied petroleum gas fired power plant.

Konza Tech City

Kenya's $50 billion megaprojects (Photos)

Konza Tech City – The much-hyped Konza Tech City – or “Silicon Savannah” – is hoped to be a world-class hub of entrepreneurship. The $15 billion site, set in 5,000 acres to the south of Nairobi, will accommodate almost 200,000 people, complete with universities, research facilities, and IT centers.

Aliko Dangote (Left), Kola Karim, Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua & Ade Ayeyemi

How Nigeria's top tycoons made their fortunes

Between the politicians and the rich, there is considerable overlap. Running a political campaign is extraordinarily expensive in Nigeria, and many a senator is heard complaining, in private, about how much money is needed to buy a seat.

Africa - The great opportunity

Africa: The great opportunity

Africa is rapidly becoming the global economic growth engine. Half of the world’s 25 fastest-growing nations are in Africa and almost 40 per cent of the continent will achieve GDP growth of more than 5 per cent in 2016.

Mark Okoye, Executive Director & Secretary, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)

Invest Nigeria - Think Anambra (Presentation): Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)

In March 2015, Anambra was ranked the most transparent and accountable state in Nigeria, complying with all the set standards in public sector accounting, according to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

6 reasons to invest in Africa

6 reasons to invest in Africa: Tarek Sultan, CEO & Vice Chairman, Agility

The conversation about Africa is shifting from one of “deficits” and “gaps” to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity.

Africa-focused private equity funds AFC and Harith merge $3.3 billion in electric power assets

Africa-focused private equity funds AFC and Harith merge $3.3 billion in electric power assets

Harith General Partners (Harith) and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), two preeminent institutional investors based in Africa, have merged their assets, expertise and experience to create a new energy entity combining both renewable and non-renewable power generating assets in Africa.

Ghana's leading off-grid solar company PEG raises $7.5 million to expand activities in West Africa

Ghana's leading off-grid solar company PEG raises $7.5 million to expand activities in West Africa

PEG, the leading off-grid solar company in Ghana, announced on Thursday that it has closed a $7.5 million Series A round.

John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA)

First phase of Kenya's smart city Konza is ready for development, says Konza Development CEO John Tanui

The first country in the region to set up a smart city, Konza Techno City, Kenya is way ahead in East Africa’s ICT development race.

Ajen Sita, CEO, EY Africa

Africa's development within the global economy: Ajen Sita, CEO, EY Africa

While Africa’s 2015 GDP is down 1.2% from 4.6% in 2014, it is still among the fastest growing regions in world.

Luis Gravito, Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG

Boston Consulting Group opens office in Lagos, 4th in Africa

The Boston Consulting Group has opened an office in the Nigerian city of Lagos, its fourth in Africa.

Uche Orji, CEO, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. newafricanmagazine.com

Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund grew assets by 20% to $1.07B in 2015, says CEO Uche Orji

Total assets of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund grew to 213.67 billion naira ($1.07 billion) in 2015, up by 20 percent compared with the previous year, its managing director said on Friday.

Jay Ireland, President, GE Africa

GE sees potential to double African revenue and employees in 5 years, says GE Africa President Jay Ireland

General Electric Co. sees the potential to double its African revenue and employees as the company expands in countries including Ethiopia and Mozambique, GE Africa President Jay Ireland said.

Azeb Asnake, CEO, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEPCo)

Ethiopia is the ideal environment for independent power producers (IPPs), says EEPCo CEO Azeb Asnake

Ethiopia has more than 45,000 MW of untouched hydro potential, plus huge resources of solar, wind and geothermal energy to tap; along with rising domestic demand for electricity; pro-investment policies; and plans laid out for the country to become a region-wide clean energy exporter.

The airport will generate energy through photo-voltaic technology. Reuters/Enrique De La Osa/Quartz

South Africa just opened the continent's first solar-powered airport

South Africa has opened the continent’s first solar-powered airport in the Western Cape.

African IPOs Set to Double Capital Raised in 2016 - Baker & McKenzie

African IPOs Set to Double Capital Raised in 2016: Baker & McKenzie (Infographics)

Africa’s equity capital markets are set for a strong 2016 following a reasonable 2015 despite commodity price falls and capital flight from emerging markets hitting the continent’s major economies.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB

Africa growth stays strong even as China slumps: Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB

Strong investment flows to Africa will sustain high economic growth on the continent even amid low oil prices and a slowdown in China, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said.

Andrea Nono, CEO, MTU South Africa (Rolls-Royce Power Systems)

Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans African expansion, says South Africa CEO Andrea Nono

Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to replicate the 100 megawatt (MW) Mozambique gas-fired power station it is commissioning elsewhere in Africa as the company expands its footprint across the continent.

Deepak Malik, Africa Regional Director, Norfund

Norway fund mulls West Africa expansion with Ghana investments

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries is considering investments in financial-services and clean-energy businesses in Ghana as the institution extends its scope to West Africa.

Timi Soleye, President, CRYO Gas & Power

Nigeria cannot afford to wait for its electricity grid: Timi Soleye, President, CRYO Gas & Power

FirstPower has a most perplexing problem for a Nigerian business: too much electricity.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign new Grand Renaissance Dam agreement

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan signed an agreement on Tuesday finalizing the two firms tasked with carrying out studies on the potential impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile.

M-KOPA call center. Credit: m-kopa.com

Generation Investment Management leads $19M fund raising round in M-KOPA Solar

M-KOPA Solar, the world’s leading pay-as-you-go energy provider to off-grid homes, has announced the closing of a US$19 million financing round led by Generation Investment Management LLP.

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in South Africa is the only nuclear power plant on the African continent.

Nuclear and renewables: South Africa's ambitious new energy mix (Video)

Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, South Africa is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding power cuts.

Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria

Nigeria plans $25B infrastructure fund

Nigeria plans to set up a $25 billion infrastructure fund to invest in the transport and energy sectors in Africa’s most populous nation, a spokesman for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday.

Ben Kruger, Co-CEO, Standard Bank

Standard Bank opens Ethiopia office to cater to fast growing economy

Standard Bank Group has opened a representative office in Ethiopia.

Jerome Booth, Co-Founder of Ashmore Group and Chairman of New Sparta Asset Management. Credit: institutionalinvestor.com

Ashmore Group's Co-Founder Jerome Booth looks to raise up to $500M to invest in African energy

The former Ashmore Group research head is launching an emerging markets investment firm that will start by focusing on African energy projects.

Ethiopia has the potential to generate 45,000 megawatts of hydropower

Blackstone's Black Rhino looks at renewable power investments in Ethiopia

Black Rhino, owned by funds of U.S. investment company Blackstone Group, said on Wednesday it was looking at investments in Ethiopia’s power generation sector.

Renewable energy could supply nearly a quarter of Africa's power needs by 2030

Renewable energy could supply nearly a quarter of Africa's power needs by 2030

Renewable energy sources could supply nearly a quarter of Africa’s power needs by 2030, more than four times the current levels, according to a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Google to Buy Into Africa's Largest Wind Farm in Northern Kenya

Google Inc. will acquire a stake in Africa’s largest wind farm once the facility is completed in Kenya in 2017.

African Development Bank closes $200M for first renewable energy fund dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa.

African Development Bank closes $200M for first renewable energy fund dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), a dedicated renewable energy fund focused on sub-Saharan Africa, announced during the African Development Bank’s “Energy Week” that it successfully reached its final close at its hard cap of $200 million of committed capital.

Brian Molefe, CEO, Eskom

Brian Molefe made permanent CEO of South Africa's power utility Eskom

South Africa’s cabinet has appointed Brian Molefe as chief executive of power utility Eskom on a permanent basis, the public enterprises minister said on Friday.