Le projet solaire PV + stockage d’énergie de Cuamba démarre au Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 14 juin 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Étape importante pour l’avenir énergétique propre, Globeleq, une compagnie d’électricité indépendante leader en Afrique, et ses partenaires de projet, Source Energia et Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) ont célébré le début de la construction de la centrale solaire photovoltaïque de 19 MWp (15 MWac) de Cuamba et d’un système de stockage d’énergie de 2 MW (7 MWh).

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Le ministre des ressources minérales et de l’énergie, le Dr. Ernesto Max Tonela, était l’invité officiel sur le site de la centrale électrique à Cuamba où s’est déroulée la cérémonie. Le projet contribuera à la stratégie « Énergie pour tous » du gouvernement, qui vise à assurer l’accès universel à l’énergie d’ici 2030.

Le projet, s’élevant à un montant de 32 millions de dollars, est situé dans le district de Tetereane de la ville de Cuamba, dans la province de Niassa, à environ 550 km à l’ouest de la ville côtière de Nacala. Le projet est le premier IPP (producteur d’électricité indépendant) au Mozambique à intégrer un système de stockage d’énergie à l’échelle du service public et comprend une mise à niveau de la sous-station existante de Cuamba.  L’électricité sera vendue dans le cadre d’un contrat d’achat d’électricité de 25 ans avec EDM.

Le projet devrait bénéficier d’un financement par emprunt de 19 millions de dollars de la part du Fonds d’Infrastructure pour l’Afrique Émergente (« EAIF »), membre du Groupe Privé de Développement des Infrastructures (« PIDG »). En outre, le projet bénéficiera d’une subvention de 7 millions de dollars de la part du mécanisme de financement des déficits de viabilité (« VGF ») de PIDG et d’une subvention de 1 million de dollars de CDC Plus afin de permettre un tarif abordable et le système de stockage d’énergie.

Jonathan Hoffman, directeur du développement de Globeleq, a commenté : « Ce projet est précurseur en matière de stockage d’énergie à l’échelle industrielle au Mozambique et dans la région. Cuamba Solar, ainsi que tous les projets énergétiques sur lesquels nous travaillons, sont des preuves de notre engagement permanent à contribuer à la sécurité énergétique à long terme et au développement du pays sur une voie à faible émission de carbone. »

Globeleq et Source Energia développent également l’un des premiers projets éoliens au Mozambique, situé près de la ville de Namaacha, à 40 km à l’ouest de Maputo.  En outre, Globeleq s’est récemment préqualifié pour être en charge du projet d’énergie solaire de 40 MWp de Dondo dans la province de Sofala et a été sélectionné pour deux projets solaires de 15 MWp dans l’Eswatini voisin.

Pedro Coutinho, partenaire fondateur et directeur général de Source Energia, a ajouté : « Source se réjouit d’avoir franchi cette étape importante au Mozambique et dans la province de Niassa avec le projet photovoltaïque et de stockage d’énergie de Cuamba. Nous nous engageons à travailler en restant orientés vers le développement de projets conformes aux objectifs énergétiques du Mozambique en matière d’accès universel, sous la direction d’EDM. »

Marcelino Gil, le président d’EDM a expliqué l’engagement d’EDM en faveur du mix énergétique du pays, fondé sur l’abondance des ressources du Mozambique, avec la volonté de promouvoir les énergies propres et renouvelables en vue de l’accès universel à l’énergie pour tous les Mozambicains d’ici 2030.

Selon les prévisions, le projet nécessitera environ 100 travailleurs pendant la construction, dont un grand nombre proviendront de la collectivité locale. La société espagnole TSK a été désignée comme entrepreneur EPC (Ingénierie, Approvisionnement et Construction) du projet.  Globeleq, avec le soutien de Source Energia, supervisera la construction et l’exploitation de la centrale électrique.

À propos de Globeleq

Globeleq est un leader en matière de développement, promotion et gestion de production d’électricité en Afrique. La société dispose d’une capacité de production d’électricité de plus de 1400 MW dans le cadre de 28 projets au Cameroun, en Côte d’Ivoire, au Kenya, au Nigeria, en Afrique du Sud et en Tanzanie. Avec 305 MW supplémentaires en cours de construction au Kenya (52 MWp solaire) et en Côte d’Ivoire (253 MW), et 2000 MW de projets en cours de développement, Globeleq a un engagement à long terme dans le secteur de l’électricité en Afrique. www.globeleq.com

À propos de Source Energia :

Source Capital est une société indépendante de capital-investissement fondée en 2015, qui recherche des actifs investissables dans l’immobilier, l’énergie et le capital-investissement en général à travers l’Afrique lusophone, principalement au Mozambique et en Angola. L’énergie est un secteur stratégique et Source Energia a été créée en tant que plateforme diversifiée d’énergie renouvelable axée sur le développement, la gestion, l’exploitation et la maintenance de projets à grande et petite échelle en réseau et hors réseau. www.source.capital

À propos d’EDM

Electricidade de Moçambique E.P. (EDM) est la compagnie d’électricité appartenant à l’état créée en 1977, deux ans après l’indépendance du Mozambique.  EDM est l’acheteur central d’électricité, l’opérateur du système, le gestionnaire du réseau de transport et de notation et l’exploitant de l’infrastructure de distribution de l’énergie au Mozambique. EDM produit, transporte, distribue et vend de l’électricité au Mozambique. www.edm.co.mz

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Cuamba Solar PV + Energy Storage Project Breaks Ground In Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique, June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In a significant step toward a clean energy future, Globeleq, a leading independent power company in Africa and its project partners, Source Energia and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) have celebrated the start of construction of the 19MWp (15MWac) Cuamba Solar PV plant and a 2 MW (7MWh) energy storage system.

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The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Dr Ernesto Max Tonela, was the official guest at the power plant site in Cuamba where the ground breaking ceremony was held. The project will contribute to the Government’s “Energy for All” strategy, aiming to have universal energy access by 2030.

The US$32 million project is located in the Tetereane District of the city of Cuamba, Niassa province, about 550 kms west of the coastal town Nacala. The project is the first IPP in Mozambique to integrate a utility scale energy storage system and includes an upgrade to the existing Cuamba substation.  Electricity will be sold through a 25-year power purchase agreement with EDM.

The project is expected to receive US$19m of debt funding from The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF”), a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (“PIDG”). Furthermore, the project will receive US$7m in grant funding from PIDG’s Viability Gap Funding (“VGF”) grant facility and a US$ 1m grant from CDC Plus to enable an affordable tariff and the energy storage system.

Jonathan Hoffman, Globeleq’s Chief Development Officer commented: “This project is a trailblazer for future utility-scale energy storage in Mozambique and the region.  Cuamba Solar, along with all our energy projects we are working on, cements our ongoing commitment to contribute to the long-term energy security and development of the country on a low carbon pathway.”

Globeleq and Source Energia are also developing one of the first wind projects in Mozambique located near the town of Namaacha 40km west of Maputo.  In addition, Globeleq has recently pre-qualified to compete for the 40 MWp Dondo solar power project in Sofala Province and has been selected for two 15MWp solar projects in neighbouring Eswatini.

Pedro Coutinho, Source Energia’s Founding Partner and Managing Director added: “Source is excited to have reached this significant milestone to Mozambique and the Niassa Province with the Cuamba Solar PV and energy storage project. We are committed to work towards developing projects that are in line with the Mozambique energy goals for universal access that are led by EDM.”

Marcelino Gil, EDM Chairman explained EDM’s commitment to the country energy mix based on the abundance of resources in Mozambique, with the visibility to promote clean and renewable energy toward the commitment of universal access to energy to all Mozambicans by 2030.

It is expected the project will need around 100 workers during construction, many of which will be hired from the local community. The Spanish company, TSK, has been appointed as the project EPC contractor.  Globeleq will oversee the construction and operations of the power plant, supported by Source Energia.

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Britain Delays Plans to Lift COVID-19 Lockdowns

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delayed plans to lift coronavirus restrictions by a month because of the highly contagious Delta variant, first identified in India.

Johnson said on Monday that restrictions will now be lifted on July 19 instead of June 21.

"I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer," he told a news conference in London.

Johnson said he is confident that the country will be able to reopen on July 19, noting that by then two-thirds of the British population are expected to be fully vaccinated.

"It’s unmistakably clear the vaccines are working, and the sheer scale of the vaccine rollout has made our position incomparably better than in previous waves,” he said.

On Monday, the British government reported 7,742 new confirmed coronavirus cases, and Johnson said cases are growing by about 64% per week.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for 90% of new cases in Britain.

In other countries

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is reintroducing a lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said in a televised speech this weekend that complacency has resulted in a spike in COVID-19 cases.

In India, a number of states eased coronavirus restrictions on Monday, including the capital Delhi, as the number of new infections dropped to the lowest level in 74 days. The country reported 70,421 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24-hour period, the lowest since March 31.

Public health officials have cautioned that India’s tolls may be undercounted.

Novavax trials

Also Monday, U.S.-based biotech company Novavax announced that Phase 3 clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine show it more than 90% effective at preventing the disease and providing good protection against variants.

The Novavax vaccine, which is easy to store and transport, is expected to play an important role in boosting vaccine supplies in the developing world.

The White House’s top adviser on the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told The Washington Post the vaccine is “really very impressive,” saying it is on par with the most effective shots developed during the pandemic.

Vaccination requirement lawsuit

A federal judge in the U.S. state of Texas on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for its employees.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes in the Southern District of Texas wrote that the employees of Houston Methodist Hospital “are not participants in a human trial.” He said, “Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the Covid-19 virus.”

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the United States has had the highest number of coronavirus cases, at 33.5 million, followed by India, with 29.5 million coronavirus infections, and Brazil, with 17.4 million COVID-19 cases.

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South African Afrikaners Group Trains Farmers in Self-Defense

In South Africa, a group called Afriforum has launched self-defense training for white commercial farmers. The group says the farmers are vulnerable to attacks, which it says are driven by tensions over unequal farmland distribution more than 25 years after the end of apartheid.

South African farmer Shernice Potgieter, a young single mother, lived in a tranquil, remote rural farmhouse with her daughter, Denise, and two dogs for eight years.

That peaceful existence was shattered on a summer morning when she returned home after dropping Denise off at school.

Potgieter recalls horror when two men emerged from the cornfield, tied her up and ransacked her farmhouse.

“This is the passage where they made me lay down," she said pointing an area on her farm. "I had to lay [sic] here so that I couldn’t see outside. When it started, I just thought to myself, ‘Today I’m losing my life.’ When I saw them coming for me, the first reaction was, ‘Today I am going to die.’ I was worried about my daughter and what would happen to her, say something would’ve happened to me.”

While Potgieter survived the ordeal, Afrikaner rights group Afriforum says 59 white farmers were killed in 2020 alone, a 30% increase in fatalities from 2019.

Although the motive for these attacks has not always been attributed to racial tensions, Afriforum says most perpetrators are Black.

In January, the group began a self-defense program for commercial farmers, the majority of them white Afrikaners.

Afriforum legal and risk manager Marnus Kemfer described the substance and goal of the training.

“The first aspect of the training will be how to use a firearm. We showed them how to use this firearm in and around the house. We then also issued them with digital radio, we actually give them training in how exactly to utilize this radio. In the end, we want all of these farmers and their neighbors to have an effective communication network,” Kemfer said.

Tensions spiked in October 2020 when a white farmer was killed and his body found tied to a pole in the town of Senekal, in the eastern part of the Free State province.

The incident heightened racial tensions in the area, and politically-motivated protests followed.

Racial anger, observers say, is fueled by the fact that white farmers still own 70% of South Africa’s commercial farms 27 years after the end of apartheid.

Groups representing white farmers, like Transvaal Agricultural Union South Africa (TLU SA), accuse authorities of failing to protect them.

Black farmers also have been victimized by these attacks, but to a lesser degree, says the farmers union.

Chris Van Zyl, the chairman of the Transvaal union, emphasized the need for farmers to defend themselves against these criminal acts.

“We cannot expect that the police will ensure 24 hours, seven days a week presence in areas which is troubled by violent criminals. The local inhabitants need to organize themselves and they must be trained to enable them to withstand a violent, criminal attack,” Van Zyl said.

South Africa’s national police declined several requests for an interview, but police statistics show 49 white farmers were killed between April 2019 and April 2020. That’s out of more than 21,000 murders nationwide — where the majority of the victims are Black.

President Cyril Ramaphosa last year urged South Africans not to rally communities along racial lines.

In March, the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party accused Afriforum of being racist for opposing farmland expropriation without compensation.

Afriforum says it is extending a helping hand to whomever needs guidance and assistance irrespective of race.

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US Renews Condemnation of Nigeria on Its Suspension of Twitter

The United States has renewed its condemnation of Nigeria for its recent suspension of Twitter, a move that senior U.S. officials said is a sign of restricting political space in the largest country in West Africa.

Nigerian authorities indefinitely suspended Twitter earlier this month after the U.S.-based social media company deleted a tweet by the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari for violating its terms of service.

“The Twitter suspension was very concerning and remains a source of concern,” said Akunna Cook, deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, during a Monday webinar hosted by the Washington-based Atlantic Council.

Cook, a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, said the country can “play a constructive role” in West Africa but “signs of closing of political space” and signs of restricting free speech are worrisome.

The Nigerian government’s subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute its citizens who use Twitter has drawn wide criticism from the West and international human rights organizations. Nigerian authorities said they banned Twitter because it was persistently being used "for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

Separately, Cook on Monday called China a “strategic competitor” on the continent, while urging Beijing to have “greater transparency” when giving loans to African countries.

“Transparency limits corruption," said the deputy assistant secretary of state. “China has become a large lender to African countries and many large borrowers from China are struggling, struggling with debt sustainability."

The State Department’s top official on African affairs also said there will be “more robust engagements” between the U.S. and Africa under President Joe Biden’s administration but stopped short of elaborating whether there will be a U.S.-Africa summit in 2022, the same year as a planned Russia-Africa summit.

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