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Hydropower News

Financing and legal frameworks key for successful renewables projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 Less than 30% of renewable energy projects in Africa reach financial close, with the development process highlighted as the riskiest part of the development cycle, according to advisory firm Castalia Africa practice leader Patrick Longmire. “Renewable energy project development is expensive and... 

Temporary power plants an immediate solution to energy challenges

8th July 2016 Temporary power plants represent an immediate, reliable, scalable and cost-efficient solution to Southern Africa’s power concerns, says large-scale power solutions provider Altaaqa Global Cat Rental Power marketing manager Robert Bagatsing. 

Temporary power plants an immediate solution to energy challenges
ORANGE RIVER South Africa’s hydropower stations on the river have also been affected by drought

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

Ingula power station’s unit 4 goes into commercial operation

By: African News Agency      13th June 2016 The first unit – unit 4 – of the Ingula pumped-storage power station on the escarpment of the Little Drakensberg mountain range straddling the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State has come into commercial operation, Eskom said on Sunday. Eskom’s group capital division handed over the unit... 

Ingula power station’s unit 4 goes into commercial operation

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom took credit for accelerating the number of households connected to the electricity supply, after Stats SA revealed on Thursday that levels increased “consistently from 77.1% in 2002 to 85.5% in 2015”. This as Stats SA also revealed that electricity generation increased by a relatively small... 

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

Piano key weir solutions investigated at ICOLD 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 The investigation into the structural behaviour of piano key weirs was put under the spotlight at the 2016 annual International Commission on Large Dams Meeting (ICOLD), which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 15 to 20. Speaking at the eighty-fourth edition of the meeting,... 

Piano key weir  solutions investigated  at ICOLD 2016
PIANO KEY WEIRS The rectangular keys are made with sloped bases, which guide flow over and away from the crest of the weir

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Difficult-to-complete inspections, high up at a water-storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, were easily completed within the allotted time using  rope access.  Rope access solutions provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn notes that the operation – which took place after the conclusion of one... 

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed
ROPE ACCESS The shafts inspected at a KZN hydro scheme were over 700 m long, 6 m in diameter and with 25˚ slopes

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Water and sanitation  priority at WISA 2016
WATER SHORTAGE ICLEI cited figures which suggested 565-million people are still using unimproved sanitation and 330-million using unimproved drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Alternators ensure electricity solutions for industry

22nd April 2016 Electrical power generation, alternators and drive systems manufacturer Leroy Somer alternators, available in Southern Africa from power generator supplier Vert Energy, ensure dependable electricity production in diverse industries, including the telecommunications sector. According to Vert... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future
Photo by Duane Daws
CHOSE CHOEU Eskom and other power providers across the continent should also increase efforts to decentralise electrification solutions

Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam starts partially generating power

By: African News Agency      30th March 2016 Ethiopia’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant, the 1 870 MW Gibe III Hydro project, which was commissioned this year, has started test trials and is generating 500 MW of electricity into the national grid, an official has said. This brings Ethiopia one step closer to solving chronic power... 

Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam starts partially generating power

AfDB extends $24m loan to Rwanda for hydropower project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has extended a $24-million loan to support Rwanda’s contribution to the development of the multinational 147 MW Ruzizi III hydropower project. The project – a joint initiative between Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – would entail the... 

LHWP Phase II hydropower feasibility studies to start in second quarter

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 Work on feasibility studies for the hydropower aspect of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II is expected to start in the second quarter of this year, says LHWP implementation body the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) CE Refiloe Tlali. The feasibility studies are... 

LHWP Phase II hydropower feasibility studies to start in second quarter
HYDROPOWER Feasibility studies for the hydropower aspect of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II is expected to start in the second quarter of this year

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

By: African News Agency      17th March 2016 When it comes to energy generation in Africa, Ethiopia stands out for its ambitious 6 000 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydro project. While this huge dam being built on the Blue Nile is getting all the attention, the country is also embarking on other ambitious electricity projects... 

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs 

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday in an address to the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls.... 

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs

Unit 3 of Ingula pumped-storage scheme synchronised to the grid 

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2016 Unit 3 of State-owned Eskom's Ingula pumped-storage scheme was synchronised to the national power grid at the weekend, a year ahead of schedule. Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said an additional 330 MW of capacity would be available to the grid,... 

Unit 3 of Ingula pumped-storage scheme synchronised to the grid
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