The International Co. for Water Services & Infrastructure (IWSI) and construction company Hassan Allam EPC have won a $74m EPC contract in Egypt to design and construct a 40,000m³/day seawater desalination plant, with infrastructure designed and built for a future capacity expansion to 80,000m³/day.
Fluence, a company involved in water, wastewater and reuse treatment markets, has won a €165m contract from the Federal Government of Ivory Coast, West Africa, for the turnkey supply of a 150,000m³/day surface-water treatment plant.
Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP RSA), has begun construction on the 140MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole District, South Africa.
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has announced that it is providing a guarantee of €164.5m to two investors - EDF International and STOA - in Nachtigal Hydropower Company, which is responsible for the development of a hydropower plant in Cameroon.MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, has provided Breach of Contract cover for up to 15 years to the two investors. The agency guarantees have been provided alongside payment and loan guarantees from the IBRD, and an investment, loan and risk management swaps by IFC.Located on the Sanaga River, about 65km north-east of Yaounde, the 420MW hydropower plant will contribute an additional 30% of installed generation capacity in Cameroon in addition to the climate co-benefits.The plant will generate enough electricity to power 453,000 homes, and help avoid 41 million tons of CO2 emissions over next 40 years.Nachtigal Hydropower Company and the Republic of Cameroon will develop the power plant on build, own, operate and transfer basis under a 35-year concession agreement.The power generated from the plant will be sold to Energy of Cameroon (ENEO), a privately-owned electricity distribution company, under a power purchase agreement.Upon completion, the Nachtigal Hydropower Project will be connected to the Southern interconnected grid, which represents about 94% of the Central African country’s national electricity consumption.MIGA EVP & CEO Keiko Honda said: “As a project in an IDA-eligible country, as well as one with significant climate change mitigation benefits, the Nachtigal Hydropower Project is a high priority for MIGA.“Equally importantly, I am pleased this project has mechanisms to help address environmental and social concerns, which are of utmost importance to MIGA.”STOA deputy CEO Marie-Laure Mazaud said: "The Nachtigal Dam provides a concrete response to the significant demand for electricity in Cameroon, and is a reference project for the development of similar hydro projects in Africa in the near term.“We are pleased to collaborate with the Republic of Cameroon, EDF, IFC and Africa50 to provide sustainable and accessible energy for the Cameroonian population. The social economic impact of Nachtigal project will be huge in terms of local employment and economic growth."
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and South African power utility Eskom have signed a loan agreement of ZAR2.886bn ($206m) and $25m, which will be used to improve power transmission in Southern Africa.
Danish energy solutions company Vestas has secured an EPC order from Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, a company in which Lekela has a majority stake, for the 159MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye wind energy project in Senegal, Africa.
BESIX has won a contract to design and build the Nachtigal dam and hydroelectric power station on the River Sanaga, 65km north of Yaoundé in Cameroon, to increase the country’s supply of renewable energy.
Australian company WorleyParsons has signed a 22-month engineering contract with Kipeto Energy for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project.
ACWA Power has inaugurated a 120MW Khalladi wind farm in Tangier, Morocco, which will supply clean power at competitive prices to large industrial companies, mostly operating in the cement sector.
Upstream gas company Sound Energy has signed an agreement with a consortium comprising Enagas, Elecnor and Fomento under which the latter will take up the front-end engineering and design (FEED) and construction and financing of the infrastructure to commercialise the company’s existing gas discovery in Eastern Morocco.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to break ground on the 40-inchx614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline and stations – the single biggest gas pipeline project in the history of oil and gas operation in Nigeria.
VINCI Energies has won a contract from the Societe d’Electricite du Senegal (Senelec) to install five new extra high voltage transformer stations, 200km of overhead and underground EHV transmission lines, 100 distribution substations in various parts of Senegal and a regional load dispatch centre.
French company VINCI Construction, in a joint venture with Andritz Hydro, has won a contract worth €284m to build the Abdelmoumen pumped storage hydroelectric plant (PSP) located 70km from Agadir in Morocco.
Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), a public liability company owned by the government of Nigeria, has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Qua Iboe Power Plant (QIPP) to develop a $1.1bn power plant in Akwa Ibom.
A consortium led by Enel Green Power has been chosen as the preferred bidder to construct a 100MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Metehara, Oromia, Ethiopia.
An equal stake joint venture (JV) between Orascom Construction and FCC Aqualia, a subsidiary of FCC, has bagged an EPC contract worth $320m to build Abu Rawash Wastewater Treatment Plant in Egypt.
Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem has been awarded contracts by Eni Angola and Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with a combined contracts value of about $370m.
Infrastructure firm Tahal Group together with its partner ZRB Consulting Finance & Development (ZRB) has signed a contract with the government of Zambia for the planning and construction of an agriculture and water project in the county.
Canadian engineering services firm SNC-Lavalin has bagged a contract on the Fine Ash Dam 6 Project in Secunda, South Africa.
Orascom Construction, an Egyptian engineering and construction company, has won a $100m contract to construct a steam turbine power plant in Egypt.