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Pioneers and projects that shone at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 A dynamic South African leader in renewable energy, a former influential government minister in Ethiopia, the Ghana Grid Company and a range of renewable energy projects were among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards announced in Cape Town this week. The... 

Mozambique power utility begins the long process of recovery following cyclones

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2019 Mozambique’s energy sector is trying to get back on track following the devastation wreaked on its power system by Cyclone Idai in March and cyclone Kenneth in April.   Electricity Company of Mozambique chairperson and CEO Aly Impija told delegates attending the African Utility Week, in Cape... 

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the State power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydropower plant and ageing coal-fired generators. The power cuts will add to mounting public anger... 

Malawi seeks investor for 258 MW hydropower plant on Shire river

By: Marcel Chimwala     10th May 2019 Malawi has signed a joint development agreement with the World Bank to secure financing for the construction of the planned 258 MW  Mpatamanga hydropower plant,  on the Shire river. Department of Energy Affairs spokesperson Saidi Banda says that, under the agreement, the Malawi government and the... 

Sand mining 'mafias' destroying environment, livelihoods – UN

By: Reuters     7th May 2019 Sand mining is eroding the world's river deltas and coastlines, damaging the environment and hurting livelihoods from Cambodia to Colombia, as government regulation fails to keep pace with rising demand, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. Global demand for sand and gravel, used extensively in... 

Company to focus on hydropower at AUW

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) aims to focus on the role hydropower plays in the Southern Africa power sector at this year’s African Utility Week (AUW). “Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid, especilly when compared with solar... 

Isimba hydropower project, Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     26th April 2019 The Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, including the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited, is building the 183.2 MW Isimba hydropower plant in Kamuli. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     26th April 2019 The contract for the construction of the Polihali diversion tunnels has been awarded. 

Tanzania eyes 10 000 MW power generation capacity by 2025

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 Tanzania aims to have six times its current power generation capacity by 2025 through investment in thermal and renewable energy, deputy energy minister Subira Mgalu told Parliament on Tuesday. The East African country boasts reserves of over 57-trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces... 

Contract awarded for LHWP II’s Polihali diversion tunnels

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has awarded the contract for the construction of the Polihali diversion tunnels to the SCLC Polihali Diversion Tunnel joint venture, marking another significant step in the implementation of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The contractor... 

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