Burkina Faso makes headway towards 110 MWp of new solar PV capacity

Last week, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, FMO, announced the completion of financing and contracting for 110 MWp of solar PV capacity in Burkina Faso. In total, four different solar projects are now entering the construction phase: Kodeni Solar (38 MWp), Nagreongo-SPES Ouagagoudou (30 MWp), Quadran Burkina Faso (24 MWp) and Dedougou Solar (18 MWp).

FMO is the prime lender to all projects, representing 52% to 65% of the debt raised for each facility. Its co-financiers include Proparco, the private sector financing arm of the French Development Agency (AFD), and the Interact Climate Change Facility (ICCF), a European co-financing vehicle notably involving the AFD, BIO, DEG, Finnfund, Norfund, OeEB, Proparco, SIFEM and Swedfund.

FMO is proving a total of €90m for the projects, while the ICCF is providing €20.9M and Proparco the remaining €15.9m.

The S.P.E.S Ouagadougou facility in Nagréongo remains the most advanced of the four projects. It officially broke ground in October 2020 during a ceremony presided over by Minister of Energy Dr. Bachir Ismaël Ouedraogo.

Out of 344 MW of grid-connected generation capacity in Burkina Faso last year, only 60 MW was from renewable energy sources. By the time all new solar plants are completed and operational, the country’s total installed power generation capacity will have climbed to 456 MW. Almost 38% of the country’s energy mix will then rely on renewable energy.

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Angola’s Oil GDP to be back to positive in 2022 after six consecutive years in the red

Since 2012, Angola’s Oil GDP has grown only twice: in 2012 and 2015. But it is expected to grow again by +1.6% next year on the back of a projected marginal increase of about 2% in oil & gas output. Source: Angola’s Finance Ministry 2022 Budget Bets on 18,000 bopd Production Growth In its 2022 Budget Statement, Angola expects some of its existing producing offshore assets to support a marginal production growth of 18,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) on average. Growth would notably come from BP’s Block 18 (+45.1%), Somoil’s Block 2/05 (+44.5%), Eni’s Block 15/06 (+7.9%), and Chevron’s Block 0 (+2.1%). Block 18 is expected to see the most incremental production growth thanks to the coming onstream of the Platina subsea tieback project, where drilling started in late 2020. The project targets the development of 44m barrels of oil reserves to add about 20,000 bopd of production to the block’s daily output. The integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (iEPCI™) contract for the project was awarded to TechnipFMC. On its side, Eni should achieve peak production from the Ndungu and Cuica fields, where first oil was achieved respectively in May 2019 and July 2021. The Italian major is also expected to complete phase 2 of its Agogo subsea tieback project, where first oil was achieved in January 2020. As a result, Angola is betting on average oil production of 1,147,910 bopd next year, up from a projected average of 1,130,090 in 2021. Natural gas production is also expected to increase by 4.2% to 134,100 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). Source: ANPG Meanwhile, oil production will keep decreasing in other key producing assets but at a lesser pace than previous years. On Block 15, ExxonMobil is notably expected to start its drilling campaign next year, while TotalEnergies will also drill in Blocks 17 and 31 and put its Caril Pop-Up project onstream in Block 32. Consequently, production will decrease by “only” -9.6% in Block 15, -1.3% in Block 31, and -0.5 in Block 17, according to Angola’s Finance Ministry. Additional production on the back of strong oil prices necessarily mean that Angola will make money next year. The country is in fact expecting over 6 trillion kwanzas in oil revenue in 2022. This is about the same as what it will collect this year, but almost double its oil revenue of 2020. Details on all of Angola’s offshore oil blocks and projects are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.

Nigeria: 188 MW Aba Integrated Gas-to-Power Project gets $50m boost from Afreximbank

Last week during the second Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) signed a $50m term loan facility with Geometric Power Limited for its Aba Integrated Power Project in Nigeria. The facility will notably help finance the initial capital required to acquire rights to the Aba Ring Fenced Area within which electricity from the power plant will be distributed and sold. It will also support the completion of remaining works, and the commissioning and commencement of operations of the project. A Unique and Fully Integrated Gas-to-Power Project The Aba IPP has been in the making for quite some time and will be Nigeria’s first integrated and independent power utility. The project includes a 141 MW gas-fired power plant (licensed for 188 MW), a 27km gas pipeline, and a distribution utility selling power within a ring-fenced distribution network. The project is structured as an embedded electricity facility designed to generate and distribute its own electricity. Electricity will be generated by Geometric Power Aba Limited (GPAL), the entity that owns and operates the power station, but will be distributed by Aba Power Limited Electric (APLE). The former has a power generation license while the latter benefits from an electric distribution license. Gas feedstock will be supplied by the Shell Petroleum Development Co. (SPDC) joint-venture, with whom a gas supply and aggregation agreement (GSAA) was executed in late 2018. The agreement notably covers the supply of about 43 MMscfd of gas. “Being one of the only 24hr reliable power supplier, Aba IPP will revive moribund industries, power the Enyimba Economic City as well as markets such as the famous Ariaria International Market,” declared Geometric Power Chairman & CEO Prof. Bart Nnaji, who previously served as Nigeria’s Power Minister in 2011 and 2012.