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British firm, Moxico Resources to invest $100 million in Zambia mine expansion

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The United Kingdom Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford, on Wednesday revealed that UK based firm, Britain’s Moxico Resources plans to invest $100 million to expand its majority-owned Mimbula copper mine in Zambia.

Ford made the revelation visit to Zambia to launch a new investment model, which she said marked a key moment for Britain’s financing of private sector growth and infrastructure across Africa.

“We are committed to support countries that grow their own economies, bolster private sector investment and trade, and deliver the returns that will support wider socioeconomic development,” Ford said.

Zambia’s official data source announced in March that the Copper production of the country dropped to 800,696 tonnes in 2021 from 837,996 tonnes the year before. The report also shows that Zambia’s cobalt production also dropped to 247 tonnes last year from 316 tonnes a year earlier.

Moxico Resources plc is a private operating, development, and exploration mining company incorporated in the UK. The Company has a prospective portfolio of scalable copper, cobalt, and zinc projects located in Zambia in South-Central Africa. The company holds an 85% ownership in the license holding company and 15% is held by Moxico’s Zambian partners. The mining license was granted in May 2017, with a validity of 25 years.

The Mimbula Copper Project is located in Zambia’s copper belt on the outskirts of Chingola town, more than 400km northwest of Lusaka is expected to create new jobs and increased tax revenues for Zambia’s government.

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Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, TotalEnergies, discuss over gas project

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Discussion on the humanitarian situation in the Cabo Delgado area in Mozambique is ongoing between The head of TotalEnergies and Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi.

TotalEnergies’ chairman and chief executive Patrick Pouyanne had visited the Cabo Delgado area to review the security and humanitarian situation, and Pouyanne had met the Mozambique President during his trip.

The multinational revealed that it has engaged Jean-Christophe Rufin, whom it said was an expert in humanitarian action and human rights, with an independent mission to assess the humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado province.

Pouyanné said, “since 2021, the situation in Cabo Delgado province has improved significantly, thanks in particular to the support provided by the African countries that committed themselves to restore peace and security.”

“The mission entrusted to Jean-Christophe Rufin should enable Mozambique LNG’s partners to assess whether the current situation allows for a resumption of activities while respecting human rights,” he added.

A force majeure’ was declared in 2021 on TotalEnergies’ Mozambique LNG project, valued at $20 billion, due to regional unrest after an insurgent group linked to Islamic State attacked the northern town of Palma.

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Sierra Leone, Liberia, 2 others, receive $311 million from World Bank for renewables

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Four West and Central African countries are set to receive aid worth $311 million from the World Bank after signing an agreement that would improve renewable energy projects.

The countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, and Chad will receive funds will finance around 106 megawatts (MW) of solar power generation capacity with battery energy and storage systems, and a 41 MW expansion of hydroelectric capacity.

Commenting on the development, Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio, who presided over the signing ceremony on Wednesday, said the deal was the beginning of a revolution in energy supply and access in the respective countries.

“We are paying far more for energy now than we were 18 months ago. Very high and rising energy prices continue to have an adverse impact on other sectors of our economies,” Maada Bio said.

The World Bank’s Director for Regional Integration, Boutheina Guermazi said the project was the first time four countries had been brought together for a regional energy approach.

“It is a continental approach to make sure that we reach universal access to clean affordable energy by 2030,” Guermazi said, adding that the project would be completed in four years.

The West and Central sub-regions of Africa have one of the lowest electrification rates coupled with some of the highest electricity costs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Under a new World Bank Regional Emergency Solar Power Intervention Project, the West Africa Power Pool, a regional approach to improve electricity in the sub-region, will also receive some funds approved in December.

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