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Congo nears Eskom power-supply contract to boost copper output

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20%, according to the country’s chamber of mines. State-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 MW from South African utility... 

Once again, we have a nonengineer as Energy Minister

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st April 2017 In the film The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins is a butler in a large country house. It is before World War II. The upper-class guests are all discussing the state of the world and of Germany. Somebody suggests that the opinion of the people should be taken into account. The common people. A... 

Kibali mine on track to increase production, but DRC policies a concern

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 The underground operation at Randgold Resources’ Kibali gold mine is on track for commissioning to start in the third quarter of this year, which will significantly increase production. The Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based mine is forecast to deliver around 610 000 oz of gold this year,... 

Brazil again turning to private sector to undertake key infrastructure projects

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with Federal Government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

Saskatoon weir hydropower station, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 A new run-of-river hydropower system is proposed at the existing Saskatoon weir that will produce up to 6.1 MW of clean power. 

Rio Tinto delivers on climate targets with big emissions cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has delivered on its climate change targets, with the company having slashed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by more than a quarter since 2008. The global mining group has reduced its GHG emissions intensity by 20.3% from 2008 to 2015, exceeding a 10%... 

Bushveld’s Lemur, Sinohydro to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

South African firm plans to build 235 MW power plant in Zambia

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 A South African company plans to build a dam and 235 MW hydroelectric power station costing about $1.26-billion in Zambia to help plug a power shortage, Zambia's embassy in Pretoria said on Friday. Zambia generates about 2 600 MW, mostly from hydropower stations. Generation is running below... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 Bid for the design and construction supervision of the two main water-transfer components – the Polihali dam and the transfer tunnel – are being evaluated. 

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... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window 

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... 

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... 

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