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Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

Indian power producers want more coal on rail to lower costs

By: Ajoy K Das     24th June 2019 Indian private thermal power companies are seeking to shift more coal from roads to State-run Indian Railways (IR) to bring down logistical costs. Private thermal power utilities reckon that higher dispatches of coal by State miner Coal India Limited (CIL) through IR will reduce the cost of... 

Wild weather is endangering world's oldest form of clean power

By: Bloomberg     24th June 2019 The Kariba Dam has towered over one of Africa’s mightiest rivers for 60 years, forming the world’s largest reservoir and providing reliable electricity to Zambia and Zimbabwe. But as drought grips the region, flow on the Zambezi river has dwindled to a third of what it was a year ago. Last month,... 

MAST successfully closes Bordersley flexible power site acquisition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2019 Dual-listed Kibo Energy’s 60%-owned subsidiary, MAST Energy Developments (MED), has completed its acquisition of Bordersley Power, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will hold a 5 MW gas-fuelled power generation plant targeting commercial commissioning at the end of the first quarter of 2020.... 

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Owing to minimal project work being undertaken in the private and public sectors, many companies involved in welding activities are reliant on maintenance projects, says nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) caretaker executive director Jim Guild. However,... 

Mercuria, South African firms place bids for South32's SAEC coal mines 

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Seriti Resources and a consortium backed by global energy trader Mercuria are among up to six groups to have submitted final bids for the South African coal assets of South32, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. A consortium backed by South African miner Exxaro Resources dropped... 

Kenya slashes 2030 power production targets as use still low – media

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Kenya has cut its target for expanding its electricity output by 2030 by nearly 30% as demand is growing more slowly than expected, its energy minister was quoted as saying. The country now plans to add 7 200 MW of installed electricity capacity to its grid by 2030, down from an original target... 

Resilient infrastructure key to limiting natural disaster costs – World Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery in its latest report had found that the net benefit (on average) of investing in more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would be $4.2-trillion, or $4 in benefit for each $1 invested. The report, titled... 

Eskom appoints Nxumalo as new head of generation 

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom has announced that Bheki Nxumalo has been appointed as its group executive for generation as from July 1 2019. Nxumalo takes over the role permanently from Andrew Etzinger, who has been acting in the position for the past nine months. 

Santos eyes solar power in South Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Oil and gas major Santos will introduce solar panels to help power its Port Bonython processing plant, in South Australia. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would generate more than 2 GWh of emissions-free energy a year, which... 

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