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Monday, 29 May 2017

The head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Mikael Barfod says if the Caribbean is to fully integrate renewable energy into its development path so that it impacts on its economy, then it must adjust its mind-set to do so. Barfod, who will be participating in the October 6-8 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Miami, said currently, access to renewable energy in the region is much skewed.

Friday, 03 October 2014

Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya will soon enjoy reduced electricity costs following the envisaged completion of the ZTK interconnection power project. Three energy ministers from Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya signed a Cooperation Agreement in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, binding their respective countries to the implementation of the power project which will also see many rural people accessing electricity. The project will also attract investors.

According to the new agreements made by the Rwandan Government with the European Union(EU), the latter finances Rwanda's clean energy projects to develop sustainable sources of energy to maintain the country's rapid growth. Rwandan President Paul Kagame signed the support agreement in New York yesterday with Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, at the sideline of the Climate Change Summit. It is expected that Rwanda will reap benefits worth €3.3 billion ($4b) from project along with five other African nations.

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA) scheme will be constructed at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and operated by national electricity utility, SONABEL. The new plant is expected to act as a reference for future solar investment across the continent.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

AREVA signed a contract with South-African utility, Eskom to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant. Under the 4.3 billion rand order (approximately 300 million Euros), AREVA will design, manufacture and install six steam generators in the plant’s two reactors. The group will also provide associated engineering services. AREVA’s technological solutions can permit to increase the plant’s power yield by 10% and optimize its output. This confirms AREVA’s worldwide leadership in steam generator supply and Replacement and nuclear engineering services.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

As part of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, earlier today, the Government of Sweden formally announced a commitment to catalyze investments of one billion dollars to President Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative. The commitment from Sweden represents, for example, grants for distribution and transmission projects, and guarantees and loans for Power Africa projects. Sweden's engagement and financial guarantees, along with those from the United States, will unlock additional private sector investment that is so critical for transforming the energy sector in Africa. Power Africa is helping provide electricity to millions of sub-Saharan Africans through an innovative U.S. Government development model which emphasizes the role of the private sector as well as from multilateral organizations and foreign governments.

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is pleased to announce that it signed with the European Investment Bank (EIB) a R1,4 billion finance contract to support the development of the  !Ka Xu 100 MW concentrated solar power in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The South African energy sector is faced with a number of challenges. And as the DBSA, we are encouraged by the EIB’s trust and confidence towards our investment strategy in supporting South Africa´s power generation infrastructure to improve the security of energy supply and optimise the energy mix which is much needed to accelerate the economic growth of South Africa.

Thursday, 07 August 2014

Today and tomorrow, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Ministers from 16 ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries will co-sign the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Nairobi (Kenya). The signing ceremony will take place in the margins of the meeting of the Joint Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the EU, in Nairobi.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The EU has launched a rural electrification programme expected to benefit over two million people in the rural areas in sub-Sahara Africa. The €95 million funding will be used for 16 new energy projects in nine African countries.  The projects will include hydro, solar, wind and biomass solutions and provide sustainable access to energy to more than two million people. The projects are part of the EU’s last Energy Facility which focused specifically on enhancing access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for rural dwellers who are hit hard by poverty.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development cooperation in that region. The visit will focus above all on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, several of them co-financed by New Zealand and the EU in Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati (including Christmas Island) and the Cook Islands. Commissioner Piebalgs will also travel to Papua New Guinea from 28 – 30 April to discuss development challenges with members of the government and will launch two projects worth almost €60 million.