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Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo government has asked Chinese and Spanish consortiums vying to develop a much-delayed $14-billion hydroelectric project to work together and submit one bid. 

Lemur outlines benefits of proposed Madagascar coal project

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources expects its proposed integrated coal-fired power project in south-western Madagascar to contribute some $30-million a year to the country's economy. Further, the proposed project is exepcted to inject some $300-million of foreign direct... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The project is scheduled to achieve a major milestone, when the second tunnel boring machine achieves breakthrough of the right headrace tunnel. 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

$126m loan approved for 75 MW geothermal project in Ethiopia

By: John Muchira     9th June 2017 Ethiopia will soon start building a 75 MW geothermal electricity project, the first of its kind in the Horn of Africa country, which is believed to have massive geothermal potential. This follows the approval of a $126-million loan from the World Bank to implement the project, located at Aluto... 

Dasu hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The Dasu project will be a run-of-river operation and will have an installed capacity of 5 400 MW.  

Isimba hydropower project, Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project entails the construction of a 183 MW hydropower plant in Kamuli. 

Keyal Khwar hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project entails the construction of hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 128 MW. 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority will host a briefing session on June 12 to provide information pertaining to the project schedule. 

Renewable Energy Holdings signs private power supply contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Bethlehem Hydro, an independent power producer (IPP) and subsidiary of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), has entered into a contract under which the full output from its 4 MW Merino hydropower plant, near Clarens, in the Free State, will be sold to electricity trader PowerX. REH and Bethlehem... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Water resources development and management organisation, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will host a briefing session on June 12, at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, to provide information relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 project schedule. The... 

Ayago hydropower plant project, Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a run-of-river scheme. 

Free State hydropower plant receives international acclaim

By: Dylan Slater     26th May 2017 The 2017 Monsonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was recently presented by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to local greenfield independent power plants developer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) for its contribution to the hydropower sector during the World Hydropower Congress,... 

Liang He Kou hydropower plant project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project entails the construction of a 3 000 MW hydroelectric plant. 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

AME welcomes Edie Thome as new president, CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2017 The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) has appointed outsider Edie Thome as president and CEO of the association, effective from June 19, replacing Gavin Dirom, who leaves to pursue other opportunities. Thome brings a wealth of experience in government relations, permitting and public... 

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

Standard Bank provides $120m debt package to increase energy supply in Zimbabwe

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 Standard Bank has finalised a $120-million debt package with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) for the rehabilitation of existing power infrastructure at the Kariba South hydropower station and the Hwange thermal power station. The transaction is a continuation of a previous funding arrangement with... 

Dnipro 1 hydropower station modernisation project, Ukraine

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project entails the complete rehabilitation of three Francis turbines and generators. 

Karot hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 Karot is part of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative and is the first hydropower project being developed in Pakistan by China Three Gorges. 

Nedre Otta hydropower plant project, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 85 MW. 

Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy is the only provider of secure, reliable, clean and affordable baseload power that, from a total lifecycle cost perspective, offers one of the most affordable electricity sources, states the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa). Niasa supply chain development... 

Local hydropower plants receive international recognition

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2017 South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) has received the Monsonyi award for excellence in hydropower from the International Hydropower Association (IHA). The award recognises individuals within IHA’s membership for outstanding contributions to the sector. 

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

Nyadi hydropower project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a run-of-river type hydropower project. 

Randgold’s best first quarter in five years – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2017 Gold mining company Randgold Resources has recorded substantially higher profit in the three months to March than in the corresponding first-quarter period last year. “This is probably the best quarter-one we’ve had for five years,” Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow told Mining Weekly Online... 

ABB clinches $30m contract to upgrade DRC electricity link

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 Automation technology company ABB has been contracted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national electricity company Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) to partially upgrade its Inga-Kolwezi high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link. The $30-million contract... 

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... 

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. 

Brazil is re-emphasising privatisations

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 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... 

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