Category archives for: Energy

Minigrid Use Expands but Regulation Hampers Sector

August 13, 2020//-A report from the African Minigrid Developers Association finds that in rural areas minigrid connections can be significantly less expensive than state-run utilities but red tape is holding back their growth. 

Nile Dam Talks Delayed for ‘Consultations’

Khartoum, Sudan, August 12, 2020//-Sudan on Monday said that negotiations over Ethiopia’s massive and controversial dam construction on the Blue Nile have been postponed for a week.

Oil Prices Rally On New COVID Optimism

August 11, 2020//-Oil prices strengthened again on hopes of a slowdown in coronavirus transmission in the United States.

UBA Acts as Lead Arranger for $1.5 Billion Facility to Boost Nigeria’s Oil Production

Lagos, Nigeria, August 5, 2020//-The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), the leading pan-African financial services group, has acted as the lead arranger of a consortium of Nigerian commercial and international banks in a $1.5 Billion Pre-Export Finance Facility for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

Nile Dam Talks Resume as Ethiopians Celebrate Progress

August 5, 2020//-Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have resumed second round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile River mediated by the African Union.

Oil Prices Climb Despite Growing Demand Fears

August 4, 2020//-Oil prices opened trading on Tuesday down slightly, holding in a familiar range around $40 per barrel. Concerns about demand are beginning to take on a stronger narrative in the market, but for now, prices remain mostly steady. 

Nexus Between Ghana’s Oil Spillage and the Marine Environment

Accra, Ghana, August 1, 2020//-An oil spill is when any form of oil is released into the environment. It is deemed to occur when crude oil is illegally deposited into the ocean waters, thereby avoiding proper decomposition cost.

How the Grand Renaissance Dam Might Spark Basin-wide Water Cooperation

Construction workers stand next to rock wall at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia on December 26, 2019. Ashok Swain, Uppsala University August 1, 2020//-Ethiopia’s on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a ‘water war’.

Report: A Third of the World’s Children Poisoned by Lead

New York, U.S, July 30, 2020 – Lead poisoning is affecting children on a massive and previously unknown scale, according to a new report launched today by UNICEF and Pure Earth.

Growing Plastic Pollution in Wake of COVID-19: How Trade Policy Can Help

July 27, 2020//-The pandemic has led to a surge in pollution from disposable products like plastic face masks and hand sanitizer bottles. Effective trade rules can help limit the spread of coronavirus waste.

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