East Africa’s ‘biggest’ solar plant enters operation

A solar plant claimed to be the largest in East Africa has entered operation. The 10MW Soroti Solar Power Station in Uganda is made up of 32,680 panels and is the country’s first grid-connected facility of its kind. It is owned by Access Power and has cost around $19 million (£15m). It will provide roughly […]

UK supports East African oil and gas sector growth

The UK is well placed and has been supporting the growth of the East African oil and gas sector. That’s because the nation has more than 50 years of experience in the North Sea which has given the country a global competence in exploration and production, said British High Commissioner Nic Hailey. Speaking at the […]

Rwanda powers up 8.5MW solar farm

The first utility-scale solar power plant in East Africa is now open in Rwanda. Built in the shape of the African continent, the solar farm is expected to generate enough power to supply 15,000 homes and boost Rwanda’s electricity generation capacity by 6%. The $23.7 million (£15.7m) project is located at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village […]

New UK explorer signs oil and gas deal with Somalia

A newly-formed British company has signed an oil and gas exploration deal with the Government of Somalia. Under the agreement – which is the first in Somalia’s oil and gas industry following decades of civil war – Soma Oil & Gas will conduct seismic surveying in the nation’s waters agreed with the Government and in […]

Oil and gas ‘will boost East African economy’

The promise of East African oil and gas is continuing to grow and will add value to the region, an upstream oil expert believes. Dr Duncan Clarke, Chairman of Global Pacific & Partners thinks both onshore and offshore oil in the 15 countries of the region including Kenya, Somalia and regional oil giant Uganda are […]

Greg Barker drums up renewable interest on East Africa trip

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker is leading a trade delegation of UK business leaders to East Africa next week to drum up renewable energy investment. Taking in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania, the group of around 20 firms will meet with some of the region’s most senior policy and decision makers to “open doors” for UK […]

East Africa could be the next Qatar for gas

East Africa could be the “next Qatar” for onshore gas exploration and production. Qatar is currently one of the largest exporters of liquefied natural gas followed by Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. But industry experts believe it could soon have a rival in East African nations such as Tanzania and Mozambique which have recently been shown […]

Mozambique at heart of East African gas boom

Mozambique is at the heart of a rush for East African gas, according to analysts at the Economist Intelligence Unit. They believe firms are looking in new locations for gas because historically producing areas such as the Middle East are tricky to break into. Peter Kiernan, Energy Analyst claims the “biggest story” is offshore gas […]

Shell makes £1bn East Africa move

Shell Exploration and Production, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, has made an offer for Cove Energy, an oil and gas exploration company which operate in East Africa. The proposed offer for Cove is approximately £992.4 million. Shell says it sees East Africa as a major prospect in terms of the resources to be […]

Ophir Energy offers £118m for East African assets

African oil and gas explorer Ophir Energy has offered to buy Dominion Petroleum for £118million. The proposed deal would expand the firm’s activities with new oil and gas reserves in East and Central Africa. Nick Cooper, Ophir’s CEO said: “Ophir has been at the forefront of exploration efforts in deepwater Tanzania and has developed a […]