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Opinion: Is nuclear part of the answer to sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity shortage?

21st July 2021 In this opinion article, South African Institute of International Affairs’ Isabel Bosman argues that, despite its pitfalls, nuclear is still an avenue worth exploring to address sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity supply deficit. 

Ethiopia says second filling of giant dam on Blue Nile complete

By: Reuters     20th July 2021 Ethiopia has completed filling the reservoir of its huge dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year and the plant may start generating power in the next few months, a minister said on Monday, a move that has already angered Egypt and Sudan. Addis Ababa says the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam... 

ATI provides Malawi solar PV plant with liquidity support

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2021 Insurance agency African Trade Insurance (ATI) Agency has provided the 60 MW Salima solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Malawi, with a revolving liquidity guarantee that can be drawn following any payment delays by the national offtaker, namely the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).... 

Clean, green copper to be produced at Kamoa’s hydropowered DRC operation 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2021 Clean, green copper is to be the order of the day at the Kamoa Copper operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Ivanhoe Mines-Zijin operation has secured clean, renewable hydro-generated electricity. “The upgrade of the Mwadingusha hydropower plant has been very successful. The... 

Malagarasi hydropower plant, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     16th July 2021 The Malagarasi project is one of Tanzania’s priorities under its Second Five-Year Development Plan and will also advance the objectives of the country’s Vision 2025. 

WPIC encourages use of platinum-using PEMs for overcoming energy storage problems

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2021 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that, as renewable energy solutions are increasingly rolled out around the globe, technologies that can smooth their power deliverance are also increasingly being needed to ensure power generated by renewables can be used efficiently. The WPIC... 

Barrick working with new DRC govt on outstanding legal, fiscal issues  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2021 Gold miner Barrick Gold is strengthening ties with the recently appointed government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and is working towards an “amicable solution of some outstanding legal and fiscal issues”, CEO Mark Bristow has said. Briefing the media about developments at the... 

Giant dam is messing up water in Africa even before it is filled

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2021 As Ethiopia begins diverting 13.5-billion cubic meters of water from the Blue Nile river to its controversial new megadam, residents of Sudan to the south fear a repetition of last year’s devastating drought. The second stage of filling the $4.5-billion reservoir is ratcheting up tensions between... 

Coal output in US seen rising most since 1990 on global demand

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2021 The surging, post-pandemic US economy is driving an unexpected boom in coal, the latest sign that demand for the dirtiest fossil fuel remains resilient. American coal production this year will swell 15% to meet stronger demand for electricity at home and abroad, according to the US Energy... 

UN urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks

By: Reuters     7th July 2021 The United Nations called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Tuesday to recommit to talks on the operation of a giant hydropower dam, urging them to avoid any unilateral action, a day after Ethiopia began filling the dam's reservoir. The UN Security Council will likely discuss the Grand Ethiopian... 

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