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Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the Polihali dam – an integral part of the LHWP Phase II – is expected to start in 2019. 

Nachtigal amont hydropower project, Cameroon

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Nachtigal will add more than 30% to Cameroon’s hydropower capacity. 

DRA enjoying rise in gold project share, eyeing more gold opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2016 Mining project house DRA, which has hit the gold project high spots in particularly West Africa, is now well poised to extend that gold triumph further into Central Africa, East Africa and also South Africa. DRA’s impressive penetration of the gold project market has been characterised by... 

Stortemelk hydro project, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2016 The plant has started operating commercially.  

Rogun hydropower project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     12th August 2016 The project will exploit the Pamir mountain range’s hydroelectric power potential and includes four lots. 

Stortemelk Hydro adds 4.5 MW to local electricity grid 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 Stortemelk Hydro, the third hydropower plant developed in South Africa by Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), started commercial operations on July 29. The 4.5 MW, R190-million project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under the second bid window of government’s Renewable Energy Independent... 

Affordable solar schemes light way to energy for all in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     8th August 2016 Innovative ways to pay for solar power systems could make clean energy affordable for many of Zimbabwe's 1.5-million households that lack electricity, campaigners say. Zimbabwe produces only around 60% of the electricity it needs when demand is highest, and relies on costly imports to make up... 

Kafue Gorge Lower hydroelectric project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 Kafue Gorge Lower is Zambia's first major investment being funded through a public–private partnership model. 

Adjarala Hydropower Station project, Benin and Togo

By: Sheila Barradas     29th July 2016 The project is transboundary project on the Mono river where Togo and Benin meet. 

Phase II update: Polihali dam construction expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Construction of the Polihali dam – an integral part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II – is expected to begin in 2019.  The Polihali dam, Polihali-Katse transfer tunnel and other infrastructural aspects of the LHWP Phase II should be completed by 2024. Once Phase II is... 

S Africa renewables sector growing well

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th July 2016 Engineering firm Arup associate director Mariaan Woest believes that the renewables sector is growing well in South Africa, with Arup selected as a consultant on many of the projects approved in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Eskom hints at earlier Ingula completion as it marks start-up of first unit 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2016 With the first 333 MW unit, Unit 4, of Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme officially in commercial operation, the State-owned utility has expressed optimism that the full 1 332 MW, four-unit peaking plant will be completed ahead of its official timeline of July next year. Unit 4 was officially... 

Wärtsilä REvolution system takes sealing technology to a new level

     26th July 2016 The new Wärtsilä REvolution system is a digital management system that controls, monitors, records and analyses the performance of seals autonomously in real time, increasing the predictability and reliability of sealing solutions in rotating equipment.   Wärtsilä's new digital management system... 

Specialised bushings used for tyre testing rig

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Self-lubricating polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite Bearings – a division of VescoPlastics – has supplied specialised thermoplastic Vesconite bushings for a tyre test rig at the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Vehicle Dynamics Group (VDG). The test rig, manufactured and assembled... 

Kibali on track to meet FY guidance despite sequencing headaches

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2016 Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources remains on track to meet the 600 000-oz-plus guidance for its Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite experiencing some sequencing difficulties at the mill. According to CEO Mark Bristow, the company had resolved certain expected... 

More needs to be done to meet Africa’s energy needs

     8th July 2016 African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina believes that a lot more needs to be done in Africa, given the continent’s energy potential and the huge needs to be met. Energy is thus at the top of the AfDB’s five major priorities, with the energy and climate change theme highlighted... 

Suwalong hydropower project, Tibet

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The project involves the construction of the first hydropower station on the Jinsha river, in Tibet. 

Temporary power plants an immediate solution to energy challenges

     8th July 2016 Temporary power plants represent an immediate, reliable, scalable and cost-efficient solution to Southern Africa’s power concerns, says large-scale power solutions provider Altaaqa Global Cat Rental Power marketing manager Robert Bagatsing. 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

Top 10 Guidelines to Address Operational Technology Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure Organisations

     22nd June 2016 Fortinet – the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, states that almost 80 percent of industrial security incidents in critical infrastructure organisations are caused by unintentional internal issues such as software misconfigurations from human error and malfunctioning... 

Momentum grows for solar-diesel hybrid microgrids in Zambia

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Amid an ongoing drought that has resulted in a severe power crisis in Zambia, the framework conditions for investment in solar power projects have become more attractive. New analysis ‘Power crisis and consequences for solar energy in the Zambian mining sector’ published by the Deutsche... 

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Ship lock and fishway project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The project is a national key water transport infrastructure project in the Dayuandu navigation and hydropower junction. 

Malawi and neighbours studying several new electricity interconnectors

By: Marcel Chimwala     3rd June 2016 Malawi is implementing several feasibility studies for electricity interconnectors with neighbouring countries as it moves to offset its electricity deficit. Joseph Kalowekamo, energy affairs spokesperson at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, says the interconnector projects at... 

Nigeria targeting 30% coal-based electricity

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2016 Nigeria is targeting 30% of its electricity generation to be coal based. Speaking at the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s Solid Minerals Development Minister Dr Kayode Fayemi, represented by stand-in Alex Nwengbu, invited South African companies to invest in Nigeria to help the country... 

$60m boost to Zambia power grid

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 Mining is poised to receive a spinoff benefit from Monday’s announcement that the power grid in Zambia is to be boosted by a $60-million investment. In this latest transaction, Standard Chartered bank has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide a... 

Go green … for career and industry growth

     30th May 2016 We must create more jobs. Everybody says so, while neglecting to tell us what kind in what industries. Clearly, not every industry is a net job creator. Manufacturing and mining have shed jobs for years. So the first task is to identify a jobs incubator that will rapidly generate thousands of... 

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... 

On-The-Air (13/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 A row is brewing over of water meant for Gauteng being extracted from the Sterkfontein dam and not replaced as promised. A brace of marketing thrusts has seen platinum break out of its low-price straightjacket. Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals this week commissioned a major... 

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 

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... 

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