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FG, EU, Germany Provide 100kw Solar-powered Plants

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  • FG, EU, Germany Provide 100kw Solar-powered Plants

The European Union and Germany, in conjunction with the Federal Government, have inaugurated two solar-powered plants with a combined capacity of 100 kilowatts in Plateau State under the €24.5m (N8.75bn) Nigerian Energy Support Programme.

The NESP is jointly financed by the EU and the government of Germany, and the solar-powered mini-grids inaugurated in Plateau State are among the six projects implemented under the energy support programme.

It was gathered in Abuja on Sunday that the six projects established in remote areas not connected to the national power grid would provide electricity to over 10,000 people in Ogun, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Cross River states.

The Head of Development Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Mr. Kurt Cornelis, explained that one core area of the NESP was in supporting sustainable energy access in off-grid areas in Nigeria.

He stated that the Rural Electrification and Sustainable Energy Access initiative of the NESP would improve energy access in rural areas using clean technologies, adding that public partners at federal and state levels would receive support in establishing policies, master plans and regulations needed for sustained electrification across the country.

On the Plateau new solar mini-grids, Cornelis stated that 2,500 people would have access to clean sustainable energy following the inauguration of the plants at the Angwan Rina and Demshin communities of Shendam Local Government Area.

The Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Ms. Regine Hess, stated that through the NESP, the EU and the German government would support the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and other stakeholders in Nigeria’s power sector to ensure that energy solutions such as the mini-grid approach were replicated and scaled up.

She stated that additional 100,000 rural inhabitants in several states across Nigeria would receive support from the programme until 2020.

Hess stated, “In this programme, state and federal frameworks are piloted with private sector companies that construct and operate six mini-grids in the NESP partner states. Altogether, these solar-based systems provide sustainable electricity to more than 10,000 people who previously did not have access to electricity.

“Additionally, productive users such as shop owners, welders or millers can benefit from stable electricity in future.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market.

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Africa’s Economy to Contract by $236bn in Value in 2020 Says AfDB

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African GDP to Contract by $236bn in Value Says AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic could cost the entire African continent about $236.7 billion in cumulative Gross Domestic Product.

The bank disclosed this in its latest report on African Economic Outlook (Supplement) released on Tuesday.

The bank predicted that the damage could be far greater if the impacts of the pandemic persist on the continent beyond the second quarter of the year. It said this could lead to a bigger contraction in Africa’s GDP in 2020.

According to the bank, the continent’s Real GDP could contract by as much as 1.7 percent this year if the virus has a shorter duration. This represents about a 5.6 percent decline from the January 2020 prediction.

However, under a long term scenario into the second half of the year, this could result in a deeper contraction in GDP.

This, the bank said could lead to 3.4 contraction, up from the 1.7 percent projected under the shorter duration and represents a decline of 7.3 percent from the previous projection before the outbreak.

It, therefore, said the combined loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa could range between $173.1 billion and $234.7 billion in 2020-2021.

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Brent Crude Oil Maintains $43 Per Barrel Despite Surge in US Inventories

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Brent Crude Oil Sustains Upsurge Despite Rising US Inventories

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, sustained its upsurge at $43 per barrel on Wednesday during the London trading session despite a report showing a build-up in the U.S. crude inventories in the week ended July 3, 2020.

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According to the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) report released on Tuesday, crude oil production in the U.S is expected to decline by just 70,000 barrels per day from the 670,000 bpd previously predicted to 600,000 bpd.

While this was below the projected decline, it also points to a build-up in U.S stockpiles and suggested that oil production from the world’s largest economy may not decline as previously projected in 2020.

“The EIA’s forecast of a lower decline in U.S. output was partially offset by its outlook for firm demand recovery, which limited losses in oil markets,” Hiroyuki Kikukawa, general manager of research at Nissan Securities said.

“Still, expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies would taper oil output cuts from August and softer U.S. equities added to pressure,” he said.

The EIA projected that global oil demand will recover through the end of 2021 as demand was predicted to hit 101.1 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter of the year.

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Illegal Withdrawals: Rep To Investigate NNPC, NLNG Over $1.05bn

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Rep To Investigate NNPC, NLNG Over Illegal Withdrawal of $1.05bn from NLNG Account

The Nigerian House of Representatives has concluded plans to investigate illegal withdrawal of $1.05 billion from the account of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The decision followed the adoption of a motion titled ‘Need to Investigate the Illegal Withdrawals from the NLNG Dividends Account by the Management of NNPC’ moved by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, on Tuesday.

The House adopted the motion and mandated its Committee on Public Accounts to “invite the management of the NNPC as well as that of the NLNG, to conduct a thorough investigation on activities that have taken place on the dividends account and report back to the House in four weeks.”

Elumelu said, “The House is aware that the dividends from the NLNG are supposed to be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Funds account of the Federal Government and to be shared amongst the three tiers of government.

“The House is worried that the NNPC, which represents the government of Nigeria on the board of the NLNG, had unilaterally, without the required consultations with states and the mandatory appropriation from the National Assembly, illegally tampered with the funds at the NLNG dividends account to the tune of $1.05bn, thereby violating the nation’s appropriation law.

“The House is disturbed that there was no transparency in this extra-budgetary spending, as only the Group Managing Director and the corporation’s Chief Financial Officer had the knowledge of how the $1.05bn was spent.

“The House is concerned that there are no records showing the audit and recovery of accrued funds from the NLNG by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, hence the need for a thorough investigation of the activities on the NLNG dividends account.”

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