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China’a Confusing, Contradictory Environmental Agenda

While scrolling today I came across this great piece by the China expert and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, laying out the wider implications of China's much-discussed commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060. Rudd points out that ...

Ghana’s Thinking Small (And That’s a Good Thing)

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) in Ghana recently launched a new solar farm that's connected to a Chinese-built hydroelectric dam. The idea here is that when water levels run low and power generation dips, the solar farm kicks in to make up the difference. ...

ICYMI: 7 Myths Debunked About Chinese Engagement in Africa’s Hydroelectric Market

For some additional context about Chinese energy engagement in Africa, particularly in the hydroelectric sector where the role of various Chinese stakeholders is often overstated and exaggerated, it's worthwhile to refer back to a paper written in 2017 by China-Africa Research Initiative Director Deborah Brautigam and Ohio State ...

Chinese Energy Engagement in Africa

China plays an indispensable role in Africa's burgeoning energy market as a financier and contractor for much of the new electrical capacity across the continent. China's building large new coal plants in Zimbabwe, solar power facilities in Kenya and Zambia and ...

How China’s Evolving Energy Mix Will Impact Its Foreign Policy in Africa

Since 2008, China has been gradually shifting its oil procurement strategy away from Africa towards producers in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. Today, Angola is the only African country in China's list of top ten suppliers. Security is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

As Tensions Rise Among China’s Partners Along the Blue Nile, Beijing’s Nowhere to be Found

Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy confirmed last week that his country has filled the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) across the Blue Nile with an initial 4.9 billion cubic meters of water that he claims is needed for both power generation and domestic and agricultural use. ...

China and the Future of Energy in Africa

China's played a pivotal role in financing a sizable portion of African energy infrastructure in recent years. But now amid the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19 and a sharp downturn in Chinese support for energy projects in Africa and elsewhere ...

Why the Sengwa Coal Plant in Zimbabwe Will Probably be China’s Last Mega Deal in Africa For a Very Long Time

China and Zimbabwe are moving forward with a massive new $3 billion coal power plant in the northern city of Sengwa. When complete, the new plant will generate 2800 megawatts of power and could singlehandedly erase the power deficit that's crippling the country.

China to Finance and Build a Massive New Coal Power Plant in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government announced last month that construction of the new $3 billion Sengwa coal power plant will proceed after years of negotiation. The new 2,800 megawatt plant will be a joint effort between ...

China and Rwanda Sign Loan Deal for New Hydroelectric Power Plant

The China Exim Bank will provide a $214 million concessional loan to Rwanda to build the 43.5mw Nyabarongo II  power plant in the southern Muhanga District, according to a report in industry news site Energy Voice. The deal also includes a substation and a 110 Kv ...
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