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Zambian utility asks mining firms to cut electricity use as power output drops

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Zambia's State-owned power firm has asked mining companies to cut back on electricity usage due to reduced generation following a drop in water levels at hydropower stations and ongoing engineering upgrades. "We have asked mining companies who are our largest customers to reduce their usage of... 

Ethiopia’s controversial hydropower scheme now feeding 800 MW into grid

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Ethiopia’s controversial Gilgel Gibe III hydropower dam is now feeding 800 MW into the national grid, following the recent switching on of the sixth of its ten turbines. When completed, the $1.8-billion hydropower scheme will generate 1 870 MW. Completion was initially scheduled for June this... 

Eskom executive upbeat about entity’s performance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2016 Eskom customer service operations GM Marion Hughes on Thursday highlighted the many achievements of the power utility in the past year, including the fact that it has not had the need to load-shed for a year. Speaking at the yearly South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry convention, she... 

Reforesting Kilimanjaro would protect water supplies 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2016 There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report has urged. The loss of Mount Kilimanjaro’s forests could trigger a water crisis as rivers begin to dry up, the report,... 

Randgold making progress at Kibali despite challenges

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2016 After a slow start to this year, dual-listed Randgold Resources' Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based Kibali gold mine is picking up speed, with the substantial performance improvement forecast for the second half of the year already manifesting itself, CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Tuesday.... 

StratMin gets environmental nod for Madagascar graphite project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th October 2016 Aim-listed StratMin Global Resources has received the final regulatory permission required to develop the Madagascar-based Vatomaina graphite project, which is owned and operated by its joint venture company with Tirupati Carbons and Chemicals, Tirupati Madagascar Ventures. The cash shell company... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 Work on the Kariba dam wall is set to start in February 2017. 

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

AfDB highlights importance of water security in supporting African growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th September 2016 Water is central to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) states senior adviser on inclusive and green growth to the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Professor Kevin Urama. Speaking at the beginning of this month at World Water Week, in Stockholm, Sweden, the... 

Lahmeyer International at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 in Hall B4 at Stand EG.301

     26th September 2016 From September 27 to 30, 2016, on- and offshore specialists will come together in Hamburg at the WindEnergy Trade Fair. Lahmeyer International, together with its parent company Tractebel, will present its range of services in the field of wind energy. The engineers support wind energy projects... 

Gibe III dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 Electricity generation at the Gibe III hydropower dam has hit 800 MW after the sixth turbine was switched on. 

Grand Renaissance dam hydropower project, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have signed contracts tasking two French firms with conducting studies on the dam's impact. 

Power trends

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2016 In light of recent disruptions in the sector, as well as sharply rising tariffs, electricity remains a hot topic in South Africa. There is an especially heated debate currently under way about what would be the lowest-cost generation mix, particularly in light of the country’s weaker... 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

     19th September 2016 As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around her, through the work she does. Working at GIBB, one of South Africa’s... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that global electricity sector investment rose 4% to a record $682-billion in 2015 – a year when overall investment in the energy sector fell to $1.8-trillion, from $2-trillion, mainly as a result of lower oil and gas investment. The... 

Ivanhoe starts supplying power from first of three DRC hydropower plant upgrades

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2016 Ivanhoe Mines has started supplying electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national grid from the first of three hydropower plants it has agreed to upgrade in collaboration with its joint venture (JV) partners. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, financed by... 

Contractor commits to completing Ethiopia-Kenya power link by August 2017

By: John Muchira     9th September 2016 The Chinese company constructing a high-voltage transmission line that will enable Ethiopia to export electricity to Kenya has promised to complete the project by August next year. China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET), which officially commenced the construction of the... 

High-grade Sona Hill a potential game changer for Sandspring’s Toroparu project

By: Henry Lazenby     1st September 2016 The discovery of the nearby Sona Hill satellite deposit has blown new life into developer Sandspring Resources’ flagship Toroparu project, in Guyana, providing the prospect of higher grades of gold-only mineralisation – a potential game changer. 

Export credit finance key to international project development

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2016 The use of export credit finance to develop large projects in Africa can help mitigate political and economic risks, New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) Business Foundation (NBF) CEO Lynette Chen said on Wednesday. Speaking at a public–private partnership (PPP) workshop hosted by... 

Hummingbird study shows solid case for hydropower use at Liberia project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st August 2016 A recently completed prefeasibility study (PFS) at Liberia-focused miner Hummingbird Resources’ Dugbe gold project, has confirmed the viability of a range of options for hydroelectric power (HEP) plant use in supplying a sustainable source of power for Dugbe, as well as the south-east Liberian... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 An update in the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

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... 

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... 

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