Energy efficiency and clean energies for the sustainable development of Africa – VivAfrik

Morocco – Energy – Efficiency: AMEE and the Ministry of National Education join forces

In order to promote energy efficiency, a framework partnership agreement was signed on Tuesday 9 February between the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saaid Amzazi , and the director general of the Moroccan Energy Efficiency Agency (AMEE), Said Mouline, we read on Ecoactu.com. Initialed by Minister Saaid Amzaziet Said Mouline, the agreement aims to set up energy saving measures and awareness-raising and training actions on the green economy and energy efficiency within the ministry. The agreement is part of the implementation of the national energy efficiency strategy, as well as the execution of the transversal action plan relating to the implementation of the exemplary nature of the State. The framework agreement will be spread over four years, AMEE intends to sensitize thousands of students to green entrepreneurship in order to form a real ecosystem favorable to the emergence and development of sustainable projects.

On the same subject, the Moroccan site Map express, repeating the article from Ecoactu.com, affirms that during the signing ceremony, the director general of AMEE indicated in his intervention that the operationalization of energy efficiency is today a privileged tool of good governance and which is essential for reducing the energy bill and achieving an increasingly significant green growth rate. The State must set an example and implement energy efficiency measures in its own buildings and services, stressing that with this partnership, AMEE will support the ministry, with a view to enabling it to take a higher step. in its approach to social and environmental responsibility (CSR), he adds. The agreement will require the mobilization of four million dirhams in kind by the AMEE, said the official, highlighting the efforts made by the AMEE to support the ministry in carrying out energy diagnostics of university buildings and those under departments, and their vehicle fleets, as well as to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of these diagnoses.

For his part, S. Amzazi said that this agreement will focus on carrying out technical assistance, training and awareness actions for the benefit of trainers from the ministry for the creation of new training modules in relation to energy efficiency. . According to the minister, the training component is very present in this partnership, stressing that the AMEE will organize training sessions for trainers of the ministry around the themes related to the green economy and energy efficiency, including the training of the corps of drivers and couriers of the Ministry on eco-driving., awareness-raising sessions and workshops will also be disseminated for students and ministry staff around themes related to the green economy, while providing documentation and related communication supports.

GHANA: an oil waste unit at the port of Tema

Marine Bunkers Limited (MBL), a provider of shipping, trade and logistics services is planning to equip the port of Tema with a unit to reuse its waste oil. Called “Mini-P2R”, the unit will be equipped by Ecoslops, a company based in Paris, France. Transforming hydrocarbon waste into second generation petroleum products: this is a gamble that could soon be won in Ghana. MBL signed on February 8, 2021, an agreement with Ecoslops for the acquisition of its new industrial unit called “Mini-P2R”. It will be located in the port of Tema, 25 km east of the capital Accra, notes the Afrik21 site.. “Mini-P2R” is a component of Ecoslops compact micro-refining unit; designed for mid-sized ports. The technology used in the Mini-P2R is based on the P2R (Petroleum Residue Recycling) process, operated by the French company on an industrial scale since 2015. Ecoslops informs that the P2R unit will recycle 98% of petroleum waste at Tema and in the Gulf of Guinea region. The reuse of these oil residues will in particular make it possible to reduce illegal discharges (sea or land), thus contributing to the preservation of the resource. It will also reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per tonne of fuel produced by three, unlike a conventional oil production cycle.

Thanks to Ecoslops’ industrial unit, MBL will also support the sustainable development policy of the port of Tema and the ports of the Gulf of Guinea. The company already has a facility dedicated to the collection (on-shore and off-shore) and treatment of petroleum waste in Ghana. With the “Mini-P2R”, Ghanaian maritime facilities will now be able to offer value-added services and create jobs. Ecoslops adds that we will train operators in Ghana to comply with international regulations. We will also provide multi-year technical assistance to the MBL. Finally, the reuse of petroleum waste is already seriously considered in several West African countries. In March 2020, the Togolese Storage Company of Lomé (STSL) inaugurated its hydrocarbon waste treatment site. The installation was built by the Ivorian company Envipur to clean up nearly 3,000 tonnes of residues and waste (sand and earth soaked in hydrocarbons, coming from fuel oil storage tanks.

DRC: a 10 MW solar power plant will be built in Tshipuka with the support of Egypt, Agency title Ecofin

Increasing access to electricity is one of the priorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With an electrification rate of 19% in 2018 according to the World Bank, the country is seeking to increase its electrical power by building power plants with the support of its partners, reveals Agence Ecofin. For the establishment of a solar power plant in the country of Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo has just signed an agreement with Egypt. The infrastructure with a capacity of 10 MW will be located in Tshipuka in the province of Kasai Oriental. Indeed, as part of a mutual agreement procedure, its construction was entrusted to Hassan Allam Construction and its subsidiary Power Generation Engineering and Services Company (PGESCO). It will cost $ 19.7 million and its production will serve the inhabitants of the province pending the commissioning of the Tshibasa hydroelectric plant. Thus, the agreement relating to the construction of this plant took place during the visit of the Congolese President, Félix Tshisekedi to Egypt from February 1 to 3. In total, $ 400 million of investments were obtained by the DRC during this trip. Among other funded projects, the 185 km Mbuji-Mayi-Kananga road, the establishment of a water treatment plant on the Lubi river, the installation of optical fiber throughout the Congolese territory and the construction of the locality of Kitoko which will be an extension of the capital. All of these projects will be carried out with the support of Egyptian companies which will finance them up to 70%, concludes the site.

Let’s go from a solar power station to a wind power station in Namibia, also published in Agence Ecofin.

Nampower is seeking external expertise for a 50 MW wind power plant in Luderitz. The development of renewable energy plants by national power companies requires skills, which is why the Namibian Power Corporation has just launched an information request to developers and suppliers of technologies for the establishment of ‘a wind power plant. The infrastructure with a capacity of 50 MW will be located in the town of Luderitz. The procedure aims to solicit market information from interested parties such as developers, financiers, engineers, lenders, companies specializing in the operation and maintenance of power plants, regulators and consumers. The Namibian power company hopes that this procedure will make it possible to take the best decisions for the development of the plant. Thus, the land chosen to accommodate the power station is located 9 km from the coast and 20 km south of the town of Luderitz. It enjoys a wind speed of 9.21 meters / second at approximately 100 meters above sea level. Entities interested in this procedure which is not yet competing for the developer’s choice of the central will have until March 8 to come forward. Finally, the construction project for this plant is part of the government’s policy to invest, by 2020, $ 575 million in renewable energy plants.

Maïmouna Diop (Intern / VivAfrik)

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