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Uganda puts down deposit for six aircraft

15th June 2018 In a significant step towards reviving its defunct national carrier, Uganda has paid deposits for six aircraft – four Bombardier CRJ900 and two wide-body Airbus A330-200 jets. jretsThis comes after the East Africa nation made an initial cash deposit of $1,2-million for the purchase of six... 

Plans for second runway at Kenya’s main airport in the balance

8th June 2018 Plans to construct a second runway at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) are hanging in the balance, following an announcement by government that it was reviewing the economic viability of the project. Despite the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) floating tenders for the project,... 

Study makes case for Africa nuclear roll-out, but concern persists

8th June 2018 Plans by some countries in sub-Saharan Africa to incorporate nuclear energy in electricity generation mix are feasible, despite the colossal challenges associated with nuclear plants, a new study has found. While opinion is deeply divided on whether sub-Sahara Africa is ready for nuclear energy,... 

Tanzania remains power hungry despite 240 MW plant commissioning

27th April 2018 Tanzania has achieved a major electricity generation milestone with the recent commissioning of a $345-million gas-fired power plant. The new plant, Kinyerezi II, with an installed capacity of 240 MW, was constructed by Japanese company Sumitomo and is one of the many power projects Tanzania is... 

Commissioning under way on Kenya’s new multipurpose pipeline

6th April 2018 Kenya was last week set to commission a multipurpose pipeline from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, in a major milestone in its quest to enhance efficiency in the transport of petroleum products. Construction of the $470-million pipeline, implemented by the Kenya Pipeline... 

New study to assess electrification of Rwanda, Tanzania rail project

6th April 2018 Tanzania and Rwanda face the daunting tasking of mobilising funding for a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line connecting the two countries, following a decision to review the project's design so that electric, rather than diesel-powered, trains run on the line. The initial project cost was... 

Contract to restart stalled Kenyan transmission project

9th March 2018 Kenya has contracted a consortium of Chinese companies to complete the construction of a major transmission line that will evacuate electricity from the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, which stalled in 2016, when the previous contractor, Italian company Isolux Ingeneria, went bankrupt.... 

Kenya plans to electrify Mombasa–Nairobi rail link

9th March 2018 Kenya plans to electrify its diesel-powered standard-gauge railway (SGR) line from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its position as a regional transports hub. The East Africa nation has since secured $240-million from China Electric Power Equipment &... 

Tanzania moves to buy standard-gauge rail rolling stock

26th January 2018 Tanzania has set in motion the process to acquire rolling stock to be used on the standard-gauge railway (SGR) network that is currently under construction as it vies to become East Africa's transport hub. According to an international tender notice floated by State-run railway company Reli... 

Ethiopia signs power purchase deals for two geothermal plants

26th January 2018 The government of Ethiopia has signed implementation and power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two private-sector investors for the building of two geothermal electricity generation plants with a combined capacity of 1 000 MW. The two plants – Corbett, to be developed by Corbett Geothermal, and... 

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