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Why Africa’s energy transition is only happening in South Africa

The country is embarking on a vast expansion of its renewable energy capacity

South Africa remains the only African country developed enough that it can plan for an energy transition and decommission some of its power generation capacity to replace it with cleaner sources of electricity generation.

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Sustainable infrastructure

AIIM closes $370m financing for IDEAS Managed Fund – plans to keep investing in renewable energy

African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has announced it has successfully completed a capital increase of ZAR 5.5 bn for its IDEAS Managed Fund (IDEAS) dedicated to infrastructure financing in the SADC region.

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Renewable energy

Total Eren signs Shareholders Agreement for 35 MW solar PV project in Angola

Quilemba Solar is one of many utility-scale solar projects currently being developed in Angola, in line with the country's vision to commission up to 500 MW of renewable energy capacity between 2022 and 2025.

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Budget performance

Angola has already surpassed its oil revenue target for 2021

With a new record-high oil revenue in Q3 2021, Angola has collected over Kz 4.2 tn in oil revenue this year so far, data compiled by Hawilti from the country’s Ministry of Finance shows.

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Diamonds

World’s second-largest mining company enters Angolan diamond mine

Rio Tinto has entered the Chiri diamond concession where first production is expected in 2024.

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Subsea

Eni puts Cabaça North on stream on Block 15/06 offshore Angola

Angola is currently sub-Saharan Africa’s most dynamic deep-water subsea market with majors such as TotalEnergies, Eni and BP involved in several subsea tiebacks and infill projects.

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Infrastructure

Angola lays first stone for new Barra do Dande Ocean Terminal

The project aims at turning Barra do Dande into the country’s main platform for the receiving, storage and distribution of petroleum products.

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LNG

TotalEnergies delays opening of Mozambique LNG to 2026

The 12.88 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) onshore terminal reached FID in 2019 and was under-construction when the Islamist insurgency in Cabo Delgado in the north of Mozambique forced TotalEnergies to shut down activity.

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Minerals

Angola produces 3.1m carats of diamonds in four months

From January to April 2021, the country produced the equivalent of 620 kilos of diamonds, with the goal of reaching 9.1 million carats by 2022.

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Local Content

Somoil targets 50% increase in production onshore Angola by 2024

Angolan junior Sociedade Petrolífera Angolana (SOMOIL) has contracted the FALCON 1000HP drilling rig for drilling activities at the FS and FST license onshore Angola.

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South Africa

Globeleq completes ZAR 5.2bn refinancing for 238 MW of renewable capacity

Globeleq has announced the completion of a ZAR 5.2 billion debt financing package for three of its renewable energy facilities in South Africa.


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New Frontiers Hawilti+

Exploration activity is heating up in the Orange Basin offshore South Africa

Large seismic programmes are currently being prepared offshore South Africa. They notably target the Orange Basin where TotalEnergies is about to spud Venus-1 (Namibia) and Azinam is about to spud Gazania-1 (South Africa).

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Ratings

Moody's upgrades Angola's long-term issuer ratings

Moody’s Investors Service had just upgraded the Government of Angola’s foreign and local currency long-term issuer rater from Caa1 to B3 while maintaining a stable outlook for the country.

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Offshore Hawilti+

TechnipFMC sees $3bn of subsea opportunities in Africa within 24 months

TechnipFMC sees subsea opportunities across Nigeria and Angola totaling between $3bn and $5bn within the next 24 months, the company said during its Q2 2021 earnings conference call. The subsea market in the region will be heavily driven by TotalEnergies’ projects in Angola.

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Exploration

BOURBON selected to support Shell’s upcoming deepwater exploration campaign

BOURBON has been selected by Shell to support its upcoming deepwater offshore exploration campaigns in Southern Africa. Last month, Shell had already selected the Valaris DS-10 drillship to drill in PEL 39 offshore Namibia and Block 6 in Sao Tomé.