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Alphamin's Bisie mine on track for 2019 production

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2017 Despite facing significant social, political and geographical challenges, emerging miner Alphamin Resources is on track to deliver on the first large commercial tin mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Against a backdrop of historical political upheaval, rent-seeking, an... 

Congo halts Sicomines' copper exports, orders local refining

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo ordered Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Construction Corp.’s local mining venture to stop exporting unprocessed copper and cobalt and refine all its metals within the country. Sicomines must ship “only high-value products” as the government looks to “ensure the... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has reported that the start of construction works on Phase II is only a few months away. 

IEA lifts five-year renewables forecast after record 2016

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has raised its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years following a record 2016, mainly driven by a surge in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in China, India and the United States. In its medium-term renewables market report, the IEA expects... 

Construction tenders open for Phase 2 of Lesotho water project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2017 The first of about 20 advance infrastructure construction tenders for Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has been advertised, paving the way for construction to start next year. Phase 2 comprises a wide range of small and large contracts and Lesotho Highlands Development... 

Zambia to start building two new power plants in 2018 – finance minister

By: Reuters     29th September 2017 Zambia plans to start building two power generation plants that will add 550 MW of electricity to its national grid once completed, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said on Friday. Mutati said in a budget speech one investor planned to build a 300 MW thermal power station in southern Zambia and... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2017 Zambezi River Authority is rehabilitating the Kariba dam to ensure its longevity. 

Bineng hydropower plant facilities expansion project, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 AboitizPower is tripling the combined capacity of Bineng’s three hydropower plant facilities. 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Southern African Power Pool could learn from Nordic countries’ approach to energy market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 Southern Africa can take heed of the success of the Nordic region’s achievement of energy security through successful cross-border trade and integration, its integrated markets and other critical elements of the Nord Power Pool. This is the message that emerged from the first day of the three-day... 

Afe Babalola University expansion project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The Afe Babalola University plans to build new facilities and improve access to high-quality education for more than 10 000 students. 

Ivanhoe plans 'new era of production' for historic DRC mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into discussions to start a “new era of production” at the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that could deliver one of the highest-grade major zinc mines worldwide. Ivanhoe, which, in conjunction... 

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid, markets, with demand to peak from 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 A contractor has been appointed to supervise construction of the Polihali dam. 

Nachtigal Amont hydropower project, Cameroon

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 The project will harness the potential of hydroelectric power in the Sanaga river basin. 

Little Long hydropower plant overhaul and upgrade project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 Ontario Power plans to do a major overhaul and upgrade of units 1 and 2 of the 205 MW Little Long hydropower plant. 

Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project – Phase II, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 The National Irrigation Administration is proposing the construction of an earth-fill dam at the upper Bulsa river. 

Songwe River Basin Programme, Malawi and Tanzania

     25th August 2017 The transboundary project includes a multipurpose dam and will provide water for an irrigation scheme covering about 3 000 ha in each of the countries. 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Zambia to get first wind power plant

By: African News Agency      24th August 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a $1.05-million grant to support a feasibility study for Zambia’s first wind power plant. The funding was awarded to renewable power project developer, Access Power and its strategic partner, EREN Renewable Energy (EREN RE),... 

Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th August 2017 A few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Africa's biggest copper mine hit by Zambian power restrictions

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals, escalating a fight over tariffs. "They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100% because of the... 

Malawi contracts Japan’s Mitsubishi to build 18 MW hydopower plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     11th August 2017 Malawi State-owned utility the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has contracted Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation to construct the 18 MW Tedzani IV power station, on Shire river. The Malawi government and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency will jointly finance the project, where... 

Nurek hydropower plant rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Nurek dam, commissioned in 1972, is the highest embankment dam in the world at 300 m high. 

Elkhart hydroelectric power plant upgrade project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project will replace the main gates of the Elkhart dam, which are more than 100 years old and approaching the end of their useful life. 

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 The exploration team of Randgold Resources, which on Thursday reported a 53% leap in half-year profits, plus cash on hand of $572.8-million even after the $94-million dividend payout, has defined a large target in Côte d’Ivoire, which is considered to be “potentially the most exciting gold... 

BMI bumps up thermal coal price forecast

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2017 BMI Research has revised its 2017 thermal coal price forecast upwards from $70/t to $75/t in the wake of strong Chinese demand, following weather disruptions at hydropower stations. Towards the end of the year, however, it is expected that the prices will ease as better weather restores Chinese... 

Budhi Gandaki hydropower plant project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 The project entails the construction of a 1 200 MW hydropower plant project using an engineering, procurement, construction and financing model. 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Government has decided to more than double the size of its planned Inga 3 hydroelectric plant – the first stage of the much larger Grand Inga project. 

Kibali continues to deliver steady performance as it finalises full commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 The two remaining components of Randgold Resources’ Kibali gold mine – its underground shaft system and a third hydropower plant – are both on track. The underground shaft system is expected to be commissioned this quarter, with the underground mine to produce about 2.2-million tonnes of ore this... 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project proposes the expansion of the pumped-storage scheme, its first expansion since the hydropower plant was completed in 1974. 

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