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Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th August 2017 A few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Africa's biggest copper mine hit by Zambian power restrictions

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals, escalating a fight over tariffs. "They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100% because of the... 

Elkhart hydroelectric power plant upgrade project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project will replace the main gates of the Elkhart dam, which are more than 100 years old and approaching the end of their useful life. 

Malawi contracts Japan’s Mitsubishi to build 18 MW hydopower plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     11th August 2017 Malawi State-owned utility the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has contracted Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation to construct the 18 MW Tedzani IV power station, on Shire river. The Malawi government and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency will jointly finance the project, where... 

Nurek hydropower plant rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Nurek dam, commissioned in 1972, is the highest embankment dam in the world at 300 m high. 

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 The exploration team of Randgold Resources, which on Thursday reported a 53% leap in half-year profits, plus cash on hand of $572.8-million even after the $94-million dividend payout, has defined a large target in Côte d’Ivoire, which is considered to be “potentially the most exciting gold... 

Odebrecht to exit Angola diamond mine, sources say

By: Reuters     2nd August 2017 Odebrecht SA, the Brazilian conglomerate selling assets in the wake of a corruption scandal, has agreed to sell a 16.4% stake in the world's No. 4 diamond mine to a partner, a person with direct knowledge of the transaction said on Tuesday. According to the person, Odebrecht exited Sociedade... 

BMI bumps up thermal coal price forecast

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2017 BMI Research has revised its 2017 thermal coal price forecast upwards from $70/t to $75/t in the wake of strong Chinese demand, following weather disruptions at hydropower stations. Towards the end of the year, however, it is expected that the prices will ease as better weather restores Chinese... 

Budhi Gandaki hydropower plant project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 The project entails the construction of a 1 200 MW hydropower plant project using an engineering, procurement, construction and financing model. 

Sale talks for Brazil's Belo Monte dam chill over price – sources

By: Reuters     26th July 2017 Negotiations for the sale of Brazil's huge Belo Monte hydropower dam have cooled due to disagreements on price and regulatory issues, three sources close to the process told Reuters. China's Zhejiang Electric Power Construction, one of the companies linked to negotiations that started in April... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Government has decided to more than double the size of its planned Inga 3 hydroelectric plant – the first stage of the much larger Grand Inga project. 

Kibali continues to deliver steady performance as it finalises full commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 The two remaining components of Randgold Resources’ Kibali gold mine – its underground shaft system and a third hydropower plant – are both on track. The underground shaft system is expected to be commissioned this quarter, with the underground mine to produce about 2.2-million tonnes of ore this... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project proposes the expansion of the pumped-storage scheme, its first expansion since the hydropower plant was completed in 1974. 

World energy investment drops for second consecutive year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 Global energy investment fell by 12% in 2016, the second consecutive year of decline, as increased spending on energy efficiency and electricity networks was more than offset by a continued drop in upstream oil and gas spending, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA’s) latest ‘World... 

Clean energy’s global investment share grew to record 43% in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2017 The share of clean-energy spending rose to a record 43% of total energy-related investment in 2016, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) yearly World Energy Investment report shows. Global energy investment fell by 12% to $1.7-trillion last year, the second consecutive year of decline.... 

Gjøvik wood fibre production plant project, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The project entails the construction of a new wood fibre production plant in Hunndalen, Gjøvik.  

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The Inga 3 project is not expected to begin producing power until 2024 or 2025. 

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Inga–Kolwezi high-voltage direct current power transmission link project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 The project involves the partial upgrade of the 1 700 km Inga-Kolwezi transmission link. 

Malawi utility invites bids for hydropower station engineering services

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th June 2017 Malawi’s State-owned Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) is inviting bids for the provision of engineering consultancy services and an environmental audit of the Wovwe hydropower station, in the country’s northern district of Karonga. “Qualification requirements include a minimum of three... 

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,... 

Renewable energy eclipsing coal – Fieldstone 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 Renewable energy is very rapidly ousting coal, which could present a blow to Botswana, which has been pinning its hopes on coal replacing the static diamond industry as its new platform for economic growth. “Renewable energy is just about the only thing being invested in,” Fieldstone Africa MD... 

$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.  

Polyus launches secondary share offer in London, Moscow

By: Reuters     5th June 2017 Russia's top gold producer Polyus will offer new and existing shares in a secondary share offering in both London and Moscow, it said on Monday, in a deal that will test investor appetite for Russian assets. 

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. 

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