Nigeria Seeks to Diversify From Oil With $41 Billion of Rail

Nigeria Seeks to Diversify From Oil With $41 Billion of Rail

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria has started a $41 billion railway expansion to reduce dependence on oil and diversify its struggling economy by improving transport links to allow the movement of goods around the country and to ports. “The plan we have now will go to every nook and corner,” Transport MinisterRotimi Amaechi, 52, said in an interview in the capital, Abuja. Africa’s biggest oil producer is going through its worst economic slump in…

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Infrastructure | AIIM acquires 44% stake in Mali Energy Farm

Infrastructure | AIIM acquires 44% stake in Mali Energy Farm

BAMAKO (Capital Markets in Africa) – African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), the continent’s most experienced equity investor in African infrastructure, through its AIIF3 fund, has acquired a 44% stake in Albatros Energy Mali. Albatros Energy Mali will build, own, operate and transfer a 90 megawatt (MW) thermal power station in Kayes, western Mali and it will be the West African nation’s first independent power project (IPP) to feed into the national grid. Jurie Swart, AIIM’s…

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Building Starts on Solar Plant to Power Burkina Faso Gold Mine

Building Starts on Solar Plant to Power Burkina Faso Gold Mine

OUAGADOUGOU (Capital Markets in Africa) – Construction has begun on a 15-megawatt solar project to help power Iamgold Corp.’s Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso, developers Eren Renewable Energy SA and Africa Energy Management Platform said Tuesday. The project, which is expected to cost $20 million, is scheduled for completion in January 2018, according to Christophe Fleurence, Eren’s vice president for business development in Africa. The developers have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with…

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Gambia Talks With China, Norway Investors to Revive Economy

Gambia Talks With China, Norway Investors to Revive Economy

BANJUL (Capital Markets in Africa) – Gambian officials are holding talks with Chinese and Norwegian investors on infrastructure projects to drive economic growth in the West African nation after decades of dictatorship, a minister said. “We want investors that will understand the situation we are emerging from,” Trade, Industry and Regional Integration Minister Isatou Touray said in a May 22 interview in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. “We hope investors will see that Gambia is no longer…

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Nigeria’s Buhari Seeks Approval of $7 Billion Borrowing Plan

Nigeria’s Buhari Seeks Approval of $7 Billion Borrowing Plan

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari asked lawmakers to approve a plan for the government to borrow $7 billion through 2018 from abroad to develop railroads and support an economic recovery. The Export-Import Bank of China approved $6 billion of loans for railroad projects, including $3.5 billion to build a line connecting the commercial capital, Lagos, with the south eastern city of Calabar, according to a letter from Buhari to the lawmakers, which Bloomberg saw…

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Uganda says seeking $500 million loan from China for roads in oil area

Uganda says seeking $500 million loan from China for roads in oil area

KAMPALA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Uganda says it has asked China for a $500 million loan to help build almost 600 km (360 miles) of roads in the country’s oil-rich west, amid criticism over heavy borrowing that has ballooned the country’s debt. Uganda has discovered an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of crude reserves on its Albertine rift basin along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, lack of infrastructure, such as roads…

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AIIM acquires majority stake in DSM Corridor Group

AIIM acquires majority stake in DSM Corridor Group

Dar es Salam (Capital Markets in Africa) – African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), a leading African infrastructure equity investment manager and member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), has announced the successful acquisition of a 60% effective interest in DSM Corridor Group Tanzania (DCG), a specialist dry bulk terminal operator in the Port of Dar es Salaam. AIIM develops, advises and manages private equity infrastructure funds designed to invest long-term institutional equity in African infrastructure…

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