Zimbabwe’s plan to refurbish two idled coal-fired power stations has been thrown into disarray by China’s decision to ban investment in plants burning the dirtiest fossil fuel outside its borders. Zimbabwe was depending on China to help get the Bulawayo Power Station, which has a design capacity of 90 megawatts, and Munyati Power Station, meant to generate 100 megawatts, to produce electricity to fill a chronic shortfall in the southern African country.
Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) registration of new electricity generation facilities under the so-called 100 MW reform. “The fact that registration processes for the 16 new generation facilities were processed within 19 days is very encouraging for businesses ready to generate energy and is an indication that business engagements with Nersa are bearing results,” Busa CEO Cas Coovadia says.
BTE Renewables has acquired Sonnedix Solar South Africa, increasing its pan-African renewables operating portfolio to 473 MW across six independent power producers in South Africa and Kenya. Through the transaction, BTE Renewables has secured a 60% interest in the 75 MW Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska solar PV facility, situated in the Northern Cape.