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Construction of $340m East African hydropower plant to start in 2017

By: John Muchira     2nd December 2016 Construction of the $340-million Rusumo hydropower plant, on the Rwanda-Tanzania border, is set to begin early next year. This follows the awarding of the construction contract to a consortium Chinese companies China Geo-Engineering Corporation and Jianxi Water & Hydro Construction and Austria's... 

Ekurhuleni excited to activate Aerotropolis project as part of wider 5-year plan 

     2nd December 2016 Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is excited to finally acquire a comprehensive plan for the much anticipated Aerotropolis project announced two years ago. The Aerotropolis project is one of the important projects the city is spearheading, amongst others it has unveiled as part of its... 

Parallel generator plants a cost effective solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 The parallel synchronisation of smaller generators to achieve the same power outputs as a single large generator offers significant cost-saving benefits to South African businesses that must manage continued grid power supply uncertainties, says generator manufacturer Maverick Generators MD... 

Portuguese firm to investigate viability of 200 MW Malawi hydropower plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     2nd December 2016 Malawi has contracted Portuguese company Coba Consultores de Engenharia to conduct a feasibility study into a 200 MW hydropower plant on the Shire river. Joseph Kalowekamo, energy spokesperson at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, says the feasibility study is being financed... 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

     2nd December 2016 In this article, Dr Rod Crompton makes the case of more refinery capacity in South Africa, which could provide competitively priced transport fuels and feedstocks for petrochemical factories that can compete with Sasol 

Sasol Additional Oxygen Capacity Train 17 Outside Battery Limits project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The project comprises the construction and commissioning of the world’s largest air separation unit. 

Solar system donation for Western Cape nonprofit organisation

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 Solar power solutions manufacturer SolarWorld Africa donated a R120 000 5 kW solar system to Western Cape-based non-profit organisation Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures horticulture and life-skills college, which will significantly reduce the foundation’s electricity overheads, allowing for... 

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

Rocla Initiative And Quality Sourced During 2016

     29th November 2016 Public sector infrastructure spend in South Africa is budgeted at approximately R865.4 billion over the next three years, with much of it focused on infrastructure for schools, healthcare facilities, roads and  transport developments or upgrades,  energy, water and sanitation provisions. Rocla,... 

Zimbabwe to implement key regional power inter-connector project in 2018

By: African News Agency      28th November 2016 The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) said it would start working on its component of the regional Zimbabwe-Zambian-Botswana-Namibia (Zizabona) electricity inter-connector project early in 2018. The announcement came shortly after the country received a... 

Rwandan peat-to-power project to generate 80 MW

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 A $350-million deal has been signed to finance an 80 MW peat-to-power project in Rwanda, which aims to increase access to electricity for the three-quarters of the country’s population that is currently off the grid. The group of signatories includes Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), which is... 

Balama Graphite Mine Powered By Zest Energy

     28th November 2016 The remote operation to mine one of the world’s largest finds of high grade graphite – the Balama deposit in Mozambique – will be powered by a generator plant being constructed through South Africa-based Zest Energy, part of the Zest WEG Group. According to Alastair Gerrard, managing director of... 

SNC-Lavalin wins Argentina nuclear consulting contract

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2016 TSX-listed engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has won a pre-project contract from Argentina's Nucleoeléctrica Argentina (NA-SA) for the CANDU nuclear new build project at the Atucha site in the district of Zàrate. The six-month contract will allow SNC-Lavalin to engage with suppliers... 

Bridge Power project, Ghana

By: Sheila Barradas     25th November 2016 The project involves the greenfield construction of the 400 MW Bridge Power project. 

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors. SewTreat spokesman Theunis... 

Energy efficient charging of electric vehicles successfully piloted at PE varsity

     25th November 2016 By Heather Dugmore After a year of development, a smart grid pilot project for the energy efficient charging of electric vehicles (EVs) through battery storage and energy management across a network of charging stations has proved successful. 

Zambia's chamber of mines sees rising copper output in 2016

By: Reuters     23rd November 2016 Zambia's copper production is expected to increase by 4% to 740 000 t this year, the Chamber of Mines in Africa's second-largest producer of the metal said on Wednesday. A government forecast in February indicated Zambia's copper production will be around 700 000 t this year and next year before... 

The State of Energy in Africa

     23rd November 2016 Africa: a continent of vast natural resources is a continent woefully short of electricity. According to Mckinsey Global Institute's February 2015 report "Brighter Africa The growth potential of the Sub-Saharan electricity sector", access to electricity and the ability to consume electricity are... 

Rocla Launches Thuthukisa Sanitation Inititiative

     23rd November 2016 The Rocla Thuthukisa Sanitation Initiative has launched its ‘Community Cast’ system which has been established to empower local communities, entrepreneurs, contractors and SMME’s to become manufacturers and suppliers of the most innovative and highest quality concrete toilet structures in Africa,... 

Zimbabwe power utility expects loss to widen to $224m

By: Reuters     22nd November 2016 Zimbabwean national power company ZESA Holding's loss will widen to $224-million this year from $112-million in 2015 due to higher electricity imports and because it is selling power at below cost, the chief executive said on Monday. The southern African nation's economy is struggling from a... 

Canada accelerates transition to clean power; to phase out coal-fired generation by 2030

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2016 The Liberal Canadian federal government on Monday announced accelerated plans to transition the economy to renewable energy sources, saying it would aim to phase out coal-fired plants by 2030. According to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, coal-fired electricity... 

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

Fast-developing Asian nations to underpin coal demand

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2016 Strong economic development in South East Asia and India will underpin global coal demand, which is set to return to 2014 levels in the next four years, paving the way for Australia to increase its share of global trade. Citing the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2016 report by the International... 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections  

     16th November 2016 With electricity theft resulting in about R15.9-billion loss to the country’s municipal accounts every year, Eskom anti-theft campaign Operation Khanyisa is increasing its reach.  

Modular building company provides practical solutions on Mozambican graphite mine

     15th November 2016 The discovery of large reserves of mineral resources in Mozambique has spurred many companies on to explore opportunities within the country’s mining sector. Having expanded its business into Mozambique 5 years ago, and with the opening of assembly plants in Palma and Tete, Kwikspace Modular... 

ACWA Power to reassess bullish South Africa stance should Redstone collapse 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 The head of Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power says that, while the company remains a patient investor in South Africa, the outcome of the current impasse with Eskom relating to its 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be critical to the group’s future investment... 

Renewables body urges new Eskom chief to restore communications and momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has expressed the hope that the new CEO of Eskom will restore “constructive communication” with the renewable-energy industry, which it says has faced “increasingly irrational and inaccurate criticism” during Brian Molefe’s tenure. Molefe... 

Futuregrowth invests R625m in housing projects 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 A R625-million investment by Futuregrowth Asset Management will see more than 20 000 Gauteng families become first-time homeowners, enabling them to secure a firm foothold in the residential property market. The company has invested in major housing projects being developed by the Cosmopolitan... 

Education gap impairing South African demographic dividend

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th November 2016 While South Africa has achieved a decline in mortality and fertility rates, its lack of proper education and skills development is resulting in the country failing to capitalise fully to achieve what is known as a demographic dividend, Statistics South Africa Statistician General Pali Lehohla... 

Amid policy angst, US energy diplomat points to bipartisan support for powering Africa

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 America’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources would not be drawn this week on how the administration of President-elect Donald Trump could approach energy policy and the Africa Power Initiative in particular. However, Ambassador Mary Burce Warlick highlighted during... 

Arguments for nuclear energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th November 2016 When I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom, I gave up trying to explain to people how power systems work. Right now I am hard practising my ignoring skills in the debate over whether or not we need nuclear power or whether or not wind power is good. But before I do this, before I drop the... 

Klingenberg combined heat and power plant upgrade project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 The project aims to phase out the use of lignite at the power plant. 

Thabametsi coal-fired power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 The project has been selected as a preferred bidder in the first bid window of the South African Department of Energy’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Delays in South Africa weigh on growth of infrastructure group CIG

By: African News Agency      9th November 2016 Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Wednesday recorded 19% profit growth, suggesting it would have been much higher had the “challenging” South African environment not weighed on “robust” business growth outside the country. The diversified pan-African infrastructure-focused group with... 

APR Energy secures 50 MW power generation project in Benin

By: Anine Kilian     8th November 2016 Energy company APR Energy has signed a 12-month contract with the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines in Benin to provide 50 MW of power generation using its fuel-flexible aeroderivative gas turbines. The turbines will be fuelled by natural gas, but have the ability to be seamlessly switched to... 

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