The African Development Bank (AfDB) will review compliance eligibility at the €206-million, 125 MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project, in Senegal, following several community complaints. Two groups raised eight similar issues with the bank, including an unviable government policy option to use a coal-fired power plant for Senegal; the selection of the project site in violation of the national code of the environment; increased vulnerability of communities to air pollution and potential disruption of livelihoods because of the proximity of the coal-fired power plant to the town and the adverse impact of the coal-fired power plant on a heritage site.
State-owned power Eskom on Friday confirmed in a statement that it had raised concerns with National Treasury about “areas” of the current procurement regulations, specifically mentioning waivers of certain evaluation criteria that would be required to facilitate the “proposed nuclear new build procurement (NNBP) process”. Following media reports, the company said that, during its discussions with National Treasury’s chief procurement officer Schalk Human on March 28, it was true that it had pinpointed the evaluation criteria concerned.
Nigeria plans to get out of recession by boosting government revenues and cracking down on corruption, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Thursday, and will also issue more international debt to pay for infrastructure projects. The country is in its second year of recession, brought on by lower oil prices, which have slashed government revenues, weakened the currency and caused dollar shortages frustrating business and households.