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US firm seeks $561m from Tanzania in power supply dispute

By: Reuters     22nd March 2017 Symbion Power is seeking $561-million from Tanzania's state power supplier Tanesco via international mediation, accusing it of breach of contract, the US firm said on Tuesday. Symbion owns a 120 MW thermal power plant in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam and is one the handful of... 

Zambia copper miners face $276m bill in power dispute

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2017 Zambian copper miners including the local unit of Glencore Plc could face a power bill of more than $276-million if they lose a dispute with the government over electricity tariff rises, according to Copperbelt Energy Corp., their biggest supplier. A resolution to the three-year battle could... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Sandspring on the hunt for major minerals, partner in Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 Canada-listed project developer Sandspring Resources is firming up the resource base at the Toroparu gold project, in Guyana, with the focus on enticing a major partner to join the development of the nearly seven-million-ounce project. “We’ve got the backing of major mining investors such as... 

E.Cape Rural Hydropower Scheme A Clean Energy Success Story

     14th March 2017 It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the... 

Zimbabwe seeks new South African electricity supply deal 

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 Zimbabwe is negotiationg a new deal to continue importing power from South African utility Eskom to make up for shortfalls in generating capacity at its Kariba hydropower station, the country's energy minister said on Monday. In January last year Eskom agreed a one-year deal to sell up to 300 MW... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The Zambian and Zimbabwean governments have signed the plunge pool reshaping works contract. 

Secret of the Kibali mine – flying people in and gold bars out

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2017 Randgold Resources had to haul heavy equipment more than 1 000 miles to build the roads and hydropower plants needed to construct its Kibali gold mine, the biggest in Democratic Republic of Congo. The sprawling facility in a remote corner of a country the size of Western Europe is a high-tech... 

Highlands still considering Frieda River options

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd March 2017 ASX-listed Highlands Pacific has told shareholders it is still mulling the divestment of its interest in the Frieda River project, in Papua New Guinea, amid board spill attempts from joint venture (JV) partner PanAust. Highlands in December 2016 initiated a process to explore options to maximise... 

Namakhvani hydropower project, Georgia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The project entails the construction of two new powerhouses – Namakhvani and Tvishi, which will have estimated production rates of 1 171 GWh/y and 343 GWh/y respectively. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project compensation policy introduced

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has reaffirmed its commitment to improve the livelihoods of communities affected by the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).  During a consultative workshop to share the newly approved Phase II Compensation Policy, held in... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Renewables division experiences record-breaking 2016

     17th February 2017 Italian energy company Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) global renewable energies division made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time-high 2 018 MW of new capacity within a calendar year. This is a major achievement for EGP as it more than doubled what it achieved in 2015, when... 

Mutunguru small hydropower project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 Mutunguru Hydroelectric Company plans to build a 7.8 MW hydropower plant, in Kenya. 

Solar opportunities raised at exhibition

     27th January 2017 After the success of Solar Africa 2015, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya, organiser of trade events Expogroup announced the return of Solar Africa 2017 from June 10 to 12. Expogroup highlights that one of the major challenges in the renewable energy... 

Randgold’s Kibali ends challenging year with strong finish

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2017 Despite dealing with certain critical issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gold producer Randgold Resources has kept capital projects at its 45%-owned Kibali mine on track, the company announced Monday. The mine dealt with a tough first half of 2016 with the Kibali plant’s transition... 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads 

     23rd January 2017 In this commentary, independent economic consultant Rob Jeffrey cautions that a future electricity mix which relies heavily on wind and limits the contribution of coal could undermine South Africa’s plans for addressing unemployment and poverty 

Edenville, Sinohydro sign MoU to codevelop Rukwa project

By: Anine Kilian     23rd January 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy and Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the codevelopment of Edenville’s integrated Rukwa coal-to-power project, in western Tanzania. The MoU, which is valid for... 

Antofagasta swaps 40% Alto Maipo stake for cheaper electricity

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2017 London-based Antofagasta announced Friday that its subsidiary Minera Los Pelambres had agreed to transfer its 40% stake in the Alto Maipo hydroelectric project to controlling shareholder Gener in return for cheaper electricity. Los Pelambres has been in partnership with Gener in the Alto Maipo... 

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... 

Key components of Lesotho Highlands Water Project to be awarded by mid-2017

By: Terence Creamer     16th December 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... 

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... 

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