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Tanzania plans to invest $1.9bn/y in energy projects to 2025

By: Reuters     25th May 2016 Tanzania plans to invest $1.9-billion each year to 2025 in energy projects in a bid to end power shortages and boost industrial growth in East Africa's second-biggest economy, its prime minister said. Tanzania aims to boost power generation capacity to 10 000 MW from around 1 500 MW at present,... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The Democratic Republic of Congo government will decide on either a Chinese or Spanish consortium to develop the long-delayed Inga 3 hydroelectric project by October this year. 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

Consulting engineer highlights need for new wave of technoproject managers

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 The role of traditional technical managers should be redefined and enhanced to improve project success, giving rise to techno-project managers, states South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. “Depending on the type and size of a client’s project, the roles of professionals... 

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 Zambia and Zimbabwe plan to start repairs to Kariba dam in the first quarter of next year. 

Upper Trishuli-1 hydropower project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The project involves the development, construction and operation of a 216 MW run-of-river hydropower plant on the Trishuli river, in Nepal 

Congo to select developer for Inga 3 hydropower plant by October 

By: Reuters     11th May 2016 Democratic Republic of Congo will decide by October between a Chinese and Spanish consortium to develop the long-delayed Inga 3 hydroelectric project with construction expected to begin the following June, a government official said on Tuesday. The $12-billion project along the Congo River will... 

Ethiopia likely to face green opposition over new hydropower plan

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Ethiopia could be headed for another round of confrontation with environmentalists following the announcement of plans to construct another hydropower plant on the contested Omo river. The Horn of Africa nation managed to silence conservationists opposed to the Gilgel Gibe III project, which... 

Malawi power plant developer signs term sheet with utility

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th May 2016 ASX-listed Intra Energy Corporation, which is developing a 120 MW coal-fired power station in Malawi’s lakeshore district of Salima, has signed a term sheet relating to a power purchase agreement with the Southern African country's power utility. CEO Tarn Brereton says the Pamodzi plant will... 

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

     6th May 2016 Renewable energy producers who believe the new nuclear build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo. She notes that the derailment of... 

Uganda unhappy with quality of work on two power projects

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Two Chinese companies undertaking critical power projects in Uganda are at loggerheads with the East African country over shoddy workmanship. Synohydro and China Water & Electric (CWE), which are constructing the Karuma hydropower dam and Isimba hydropower dam respectively, have attracted the... 

Gas-to-power an industrial milestone for South Africa

     22nd April 2016 The South African government’s bold bid to procure energy from gas could position the country as an African gas leader. The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. This makes gas-to-power... 

Malawi hoping to attract 1 000 MW of private power investment

By: Marcel Chimwala     22nd April 2016 Malawi plans to procure a total of 1 000 MW from independent power producers (IPPs) to boost the country’s electricity generation capacity, which currently stands at 351 MW, compared with maximum demand of 400 MW. Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Minister Bright Msaka says negotiations with... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

The case for gas as SA’s gas-to-power procurement programme looms

     22nd April 2016 By Sabine Dall’Omo The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. 

The downside of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd April 2016 I have just read an article by one Leo Smith. I do not know him. His article is called the 'Limitations of renewable energy' – and it is hard hitting.  Smith says of renewable energy: “It is against this backdrop of extreme emotional attachment to 'renewable energy' and extreme ignorance of the... 

Rosatom outlines benefits of nuclear energy

By: Anine Kilian     21st April 2016 The South African government’s decision to build a further 9.6 GW of nuclear power generation capacity would result in a significant boost to the local economy, Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov has told Engineering News Online. “Government should strive to develop an energy mix... 

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

New Energy modernisation project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 The project involves the upgrade of the 6 000 MW Krasnoyarsk hydropower plant, as well as the Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk hydropower plants. 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

The case for gas as South Africa prepares way for gas-to-power procurement

     12th April 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. That makes Gas-to-Power a milestone not just for power generation, but also for South African industry to access a natural, cleaner and cheaper... 

Amisk hydroelectric project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The project proposes the construction and operation of a 330 MW hydroelectric facility on the Peace river, in north-western Alberta. 

Eskom makes case for adding new nuclear to power mix

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe in an address to the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls. He... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     25th March 2016 Progress has been made on the five advanced infrastructure contracts, which were awarded during 2015. 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in his Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in the Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne, that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

AfDB extends $24m loan to Rwanda for hydropower project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has extended a $24-million loan to support Rwanda’s contribution to the development of the multinational 147 MW Ruzizi III hydropower project. The project – a joint initiative between Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – would entail the... 

With a 2024 delivery target, preparatory work begins on next Lesotho Highlands phase 

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the amount of water supplied to South... 

LHWP Phase II hydropower feasibility studies to start in second quarter

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 Work on feasibility studies for the hydropower aspect of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II is expected to start in the second quarter of this year, says LHWP implementation body the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) CE Refiloe Tlali. The feasibility studies are... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

Thwake multipurpose water development programme, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 The project entails the construction of the Thwake dam at the confluence of the Thwake and Athi rivers. 

With a 2024 delivery target, preparatory work begins on next Lesotho Highlands phase

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the amount of water supplied to South... 

‘New’ development bank

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 The New Development Bank (NDB), which is in the process of being established by the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is aspiring to begin approving its first batch of loans from next month. South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced during his Budget... 

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 Aluminium fabricator Hulamin has outlined ways to substantially grow the aluminium industry supply chain and boost employment. CEO Richard Jacob said it was possible to create 29 000 jobs in the industry by 2018, compared with the 16 000 registered in 2011. 

New platform targets small African renewables projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2016 A new platform to support small-scale and distributed renewable-energy projects within sub-Saharan Africa has been launched, with initial targets of getting 150 MW of new generation off the ground over the next five years. The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), developed by the... 

$240m China, SA investment for Uganda phosphate project

By: Ilan Solomons     4th March 2016 The Sukulu phosphate project, in Tororo district, Uganda has received $240-million in development funding, which represents one of the largest privately-funded mining sector investments in Uganda and sets a “unique precedent” for public-private partnerships in the country, says Uganda’s Ministry... 

Mozambique President inaugurates 120 MW gas-fired power station

By: Anine Kilian     4th March 2016 The mass deployment of often-overlooked mini, or small-scale, hydropower projects to complement existing energy generation in Africa emerged as a key theme during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Sandton, on Tuesday. A panel, comprising four industry proponents, agreed that,... 

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