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Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to receive $44.5-million in funding. These projects include a 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project in the... 

Apiacás hydropower park project, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 The project involves the construction of a hydropower park that will generate more than 490 GW/y. 

Kasanjiku mini-hydropower station project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 The project entails the construction of a 640 kW mini-hydro power plant. 

Water essential for socioeconomic growth – Mokonyane

By: Anine Kilian     9th December 2016 Addressing a delegation at an Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (Orasecom) meeting in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Friday, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvulo Mokonyane highlighted the need for access to water as a serious challenge facing South Africa, as water security is necessary and... 

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2016 Zambia has started reviewing its options to reverse the country's current energy constraints and diversify its own energy mix, leaving no viable potential initiatives off the table as it seeks to become a "power trader". The mostly hydropowered Southern African country is currently battling... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The engineering design contracts for the two main water-transfer components of the project are expected to be awarded by mid-2017. 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Prioritizing renewable energy and energy efficiency to accelerate growth in Africa

     7th December 2016 ABB supported a number of pledges signed by world leaders at COP21 in Paris, including a commitment to scale up renewable energy and help emerging economies transition their markets for energy efficient products. At COP22, ABB showed how this commitment translates into solutions and services that... 

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... 

Dianxibei-Guangdong ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link, China

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The Dianxibei-Guangdong transmission link is expected to transmit 5 000 MW of power over 1 950 km. 

Eskom justifies nuclear tender urgency on back of hand-picked IRP scenario

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated last week that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required by... 

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... 

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) reports that the engineering design contracts for the two main water-transfer components of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II will be awarded by mid-2017 and that construction should begin 18 months thereafter. The R23-billion binational... 

Integrated water management system takes top environmental engineering award

     24th November 2016 Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura, Tasmanian Irrigation and Water Solutions Pty Ltd won the Environmental Engineering Excellence Award for the Meander Dam integrated water management system at the 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards in Brisbane last night. Hosted by... 

Rio Tinto sells Alcan Aluminium UK assets

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2016 Mining major Rio Tinto has reached an agreement to sell its assets at Lochaber, Scotland, to multifaceted commodity group Simec for $410-million. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that the agreement includes a payment on completion of £180-million, plus an additional payment of... 

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

The order is fading

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2016 A line from American folk singer Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic ‘The Times They Are a-Changin'’ has deep resonance for the position the domestic and international electricity supply industry currently finds itself. Dylan, who was recently awarded the Nobel literature prize (a fact he has scarcely... 

South African IPP pioneer laments the ‘dampening effect’ of Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2016 A South African developer of medium-sized hydropower projects is increasingly turning its attention to regional opportunities, largely because of the hydrological potential to the north of the border, but also because of the prevailing uncertainty domestically about the future of the country’s... 

Wind energy investments increase future renewable energy plans

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Although the Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, which has led to the rapid expansion of renewable energy, both wind and solar, integrated professional and technical services... 

Ethiopia’s controversial hydropower scheme now feeding 800 MW into grid

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Ethiopia’s controversial Gilgel Gibe III hydropower dam is now feeding 800 MW into the national grid, following the recent switching on of the sixth of its ten turbines. When completed, the $1.8-billion hydropower scheme will generate 1 870 MW. Completion was initially scheduled for June this... 

Eskom executive upbeat about entity’s performance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2016 Eskom customer service operations GM Marion Hughes on Thursday highlighted the many achievements of the power utility in the past year, including the fact that it has not had the need to load-shed for a year. Speaking at the yearly South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry convention, she... 

Reforesting Kilimanjaro would protect water supplies 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2016 There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report has urged. The loss of Mount Kilimanjaro’s forests could trigger a water crisis as rivers begin to dry up, the report,... 

Randgold making progress at Kibali despite challenges

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2016 After a slow start to this year, dual-listed Randgold Resources' Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based Kibali gold mine is picking up speed, with the substantial performance improvement forecast for the second half of the year already manifesting itself, CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Tuesday.... 

StratMin gets environmental nod for Madagascar graphite project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th October 2016 Aim-listed StratMin Global Resources has received the final regulatory permission required to develop the Madagascar-based Vatomaina graphite project, which is owned and operated by its joint venture company with Tirupati Carbons and Chemicals, Tirupati Madagascar Ventures. The cash shell company... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 Work on the Kariba dam wall is set to start in February 2017. 

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

AfDB highlights importance of water security in supporting African growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th September 2016 Water is central to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) states senior adviser on inclusive and green growth to the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Professor Kevin Urama. Speaking at the beginning of this month at World Water Week, in Stockholm, Sweden, the... 

Lahmeyer International at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 in Hall B4 at Stand EG.301

     26th September 2016 From September 27 to 30, 2016, on- and offshore specialists will come together in Hamburg at the WindEnergy Trade Fair. Lahmeyer International, together with its parent company Tractebel, will present its range of services in the field of wind energy. The engineers support wind energy projects... 

Gibe III dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 Electricity generation at the Gibe III hydropower dam has hit 800 MW after the sixth turbine was switched on. 

Grand Renaissance dam hydropower project, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have signed contracts tasking two French firms with conducting studies on the dam's impact. 

Power trends

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2016 In light of recent disruptions in the sector, as well as sharply rising tariffs, electricity remains a hot topic in South Africa. There is an especially heated debate currently under way about what would be the lowest-cost generation mix, particularly in light of the country’s weaker... 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

     19th September 2016 As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around her, through the work she does. Working at GIBB, one of South Africa’s... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that global electricity sector investment rose 4% to a record $682-billion in 2015 – a year when overall investment in the energy sector fell to $1.8-trillion, from $2-trillion, mainly as a result of lower oil and gas investment. The... 

Ivanhoe starts supplying power from first of three DRC hydropower plant upgrades

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2016 Ivanhoe Mines has started supplying electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national grid from the first of three hydropower plants it has agreed to upgrade in collaboration with its joint venture (JV) partners. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, financed by... 

Contractor commits to completing Ethiopia-Kenya power link by August 2017

By: John Muchira     9th September 2016 The Chinese company constructing a high-voltage transmission line that will enable Ethiopia to export electricity to Kenya has promised to complete the project by August next year. China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET), which officially commenced the construction of the... 

High-grade Sona Hill a potential game changer for Sandspring’s Toroparu project

By: Henry Lazenby     1st September 2016 The discovery of the nearby Sona Hill satellite deposit has blown new life into developer Sandspring Resources’ flagship Toroparu project, in Guyana, providing the prospect of higher grades of gold-only mineralisation – a potential game changer. 

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