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World Bank cautions African utilities against mounting debt

2nd June 2017 A survey undertaken by the World Bank has shown that less than half of the utilities in sub-Saharan Africa are able to cover their operating expenditures and that several countries lose in excess of $0.25 for every kilowatt-hour that gets sold.  The sobering assessment of the financial health of... 

Certainty needed to drive energy projects in Africa

2nd June 2017 Private sector players have called on African governments to be reliable and predictable in their energy policies and programmes. "Investors want to know that the rules won’t change in the middle of a project,” Power Africa coordinator Andrew Herscowitz told delegates at the recent Africa Utility... 

Africa most costly region for developing infrastructure, survey shows

26th May 2017 A benchmarking survey has shown that developing infrastructure projects in Africa is more difficult and costly than in any other developing country region.  The Benchmark for Investing in African Infrastructure Project Development (I4PD Benchmark) said the risk premium attached to African... 

Calls to work together to strengthen infrastructure delivery

26th May 2017 Consulting engineering firms have been encouraged to form intra and inter-regional partnerships to work on infrastructure projects across the African continent. Kofi Asare-Yeboah, the chairperson of the Group of African Member Associations (Gama) of the International Federation of Consulting... 

Advances in PBMR designs demonstrate possible cost, efficiency benefits – Eskom

19th May 2017 Advances have been made in the new Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) design, which show promise for being both cheaper and less complicated than previous designs, says Eskom. The design for PBMRs were initially developed in South Africa. Research into PBMRs was mothballed in 2010, but has since... 

Water shortages sound a warning to city planners

19th May 2017 The extremely worrying water shortage in Cape Town is an indication that climate change is an issue that can simply not be ignored by engineers and city planners, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has told consulting engineers in Cape Town. She told the International Federation of Consulting... 

Thyspunt nuclear power plant would bring great benefits to the region – CDC

18th May 2017 The Eastern Cape is holding out hope that the planned Thyspunt nuclear power plant will be built in the province despite the nuclear deal being put on ice for now. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy business development manager Sandisiwe Ncemane said the plant would hold great economic... 

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures

18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 

Gas-to-power essential for South Africa’s future energy mix - Siemens

18th May 2017 With a fall in gas prices and a stagnant economy, gas-fired power plants may not be as attractive an option as they were a few years ago, but they will still form a vital part of South Africa’s energy mix in future, believes Siemens. Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo said... 

Cape Town’s water crisis calls for drastic steps – city official

17th May 2017 Despite dramatically reducing water consumption, the City of Cape Town is still in a severe situation, with dam levels dropping by the day. “We are well beyond the point that Gauteng was at when it declared a disaster,” City of Cape Town executive director of informal settlements, water and waste... 

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