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Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Along with prevention and proactive cyberdefence measures, back-up is an increasingly vital layer to protect critical infrastructure systems from the risks of cyberattacks and subsequent disruption, says data management and availability multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa VP Gregg... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 In a concerted effort to save and stabilise State-owned power utility Eskom as well as other deteriorating State-owned entities (SoEs), Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his Budget vote in May plans in the next 12 months that include the appointment of capable executive... 

ENERGY COLLECTOR

1st June 2018 The 100 MW XiNa Solar One concentrated solar power plant was officially inaugurated by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe last month. The plant, which is located near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, uses parabolic-trough technology (pictured) to generate dispatchable power from the sun. To produce... 

Liquid fuels in focus

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 With so much attention having been paid, correctly, to electricity in South Africa over the past ten-and-a-bit years other energy subsectors, such a liquid fuels, have been left to evolve in relative anonymity. That’s not to say they haven’t faced serious policy and existential challenges. The... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced that it intends to procure three construction contracts for Phase 2. 

Solar power plant, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Scatec Solar and its partners are building the first large-scale solar plant in Mozambique. 

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Kenyan solar energy firm signs 40 MW power deal with State-run utility

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 A private Kenyan power firm has signed a 20-year deal to sell 40 MW it will generate from a solar plant it is building to the East African nation's State-run distributor, its chief executive said. Kenergy Renewables signed the agreement to sell the electricity to Kenya Power at $0.08/kWh, Khilna... 

Egypt to spend $1.4bn over two years to develop electricity grid

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Egypt has set aside 25-billion Egyptian pounds (around $1.4-billion) to be spent over two years on developing the country's electricity network, the electricity minister said on Wednesday. The minister, Mohamed Shaker, told reporters the government had agreed on a loan worth 60-billion Kuwaiti... 

Coca-Cola Co's Africa distributor to invest $100m in Kenya over next 5 years

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continent’s largest soft drinks bottler, said on Wednesday it would invest $100-million in Kenya over the next five years to improve infrastructure and launch new products. The company, which sells and distributes Coca-Cola Co products in Africa, plans to... 

Securing the Internet of Things

30th May 2018 Jorina van Rensburg, Managing Director of Condyn With more than 75 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2025, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become an integral part of the digital world. As we become more reliant on these devices for our work and personal lives, we need... 

Africa50, Green Climate Fund, and AfDB to Develop Solar Projects in the Sahel through the Desert to Power Program

28th May 2018 On the margins of the African Development Bank annual meetings, the heads of Africa50, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed an agreement to collaborate on the Desert to Power Program for solar projects in the Sahel. Alain Ebobisse, CEO of Africa50 stressed... 

Afrox partners with Ulula Energy to bring safe and affordable gas to the Western Cape domestic market

25th May 2018 Afrox has partnered with Ulula Energy to take gas safety, affordability and convenience into the Western Cape’s informal domestic and residential markets. The partnership will see Ulula Energy, a Level 1 BBBEE contributor and independent black South African woman-owned and managed LPG... 

Imaloto independent power producer coal-fired power plant project, Madagascar

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Lemur Holdings has executed a concession agreement with the Madagascar government for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the project. 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Xina Solar One was officially launched on May 18 this year. 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project involves the construction of a 25 MW woodchip biomass plant.  

African Development Bank achieves historic disbursement of US $7.81 billion, exceeding 2017 target

24th May 2018 “Let me express my sincere gratitude to our Board of Directors, Management, and staff for their unflinching support during the trying times of 2017. As we look forward to accelerated delivery in 2018, I trust that I can count on your continuing support to transform Africa and African lives... 

Indian thermal power plants reeling from coal shortages

By: Ajoy K Das     24th May 2018 Private and public thermal power plants across India are facing an acute shortage of coal, at a time when rising electricity demand during summer months has sent the spot price of electricity skyrocketing. According to data sourced from industry policy advisory body, the Central Electricity... 

AfDB, Korea agree to partner on Korea-Africa Energy Investment Facility

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The government of Korea and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a letter of intent to launch the Korea–Africa Energy Investment Facility (KEIF), which will provide significant support to the New Deal on Energy for Africa, which aims to achieve universal access to energy.  The signing,... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

African economies urged to take advantage of current global economic upturn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 PricewaterhouseCoopers chief economist Lullu Krugel says South Africa and African countries have a three-year window to “move and shape” and take advantage of economic growth opportunities during a global economic upturn.  

Lemur concludes concession agreement for Imaloto power project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings has executed a 30-year concession agreement with the Madagascar government for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Imaloto integrated thermal coal and power project. The concession comes on the... 

Lemur Concludes Concession Agreement with the Government of Madagascar for the Imaloto Power Project

22nd May 2018 Bushveld Minerals, the AIM-listed integrated vanadium producer with additional investments in coal, power and tin, is pleased to provide the following update in respect of Lemur Holdings Limited ("Lemur"), Bushveld's coal and energy subsidiary that is developing an integrated thermal coal mining... 

US top court takes up challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

By: Reuters     21st May 2018 The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether states have the right to ban uranium mining for public health reasons in a dispute over a moratorium Virginia put in place on the radioactive metal in 1982. The court will hear a bid by a Virginia Energy Resources Inc subsidiary and other... 

Safety anchors installed for Maredi Telecoms maintenance project

18th May 2018 Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. recently installed working-at-height safety anchors to allow telecoms technicians safe access to install and maintain equipment for Maredi Telecoms in Polokwane. Maredi Telecoms is a next-generation telecoms infrastructure deployment and field services... 

Nuclear: “many studies have shown it is the cheapest of all energies”

18th May 2018 South Africans were never informed properly that nuclear power is not as expensive as it is made out to be, a nuclear energy expert said Thursday.

Nuclear energy expert Des Muller dismissed these and other concerns as “propaganda”. He refuted the cost issue but also took aim at corruption... 

Zimbabwe mines need $11bn investment to modernise

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 Zimbabwe needs up to $11-billion to modernise its mines and boost production to maximum capacity over the next five years, the head of the country's Chamber of Mines said on Friday. Foreign investor interest in the southern African nation is growing after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe... 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

The scramble for Somalia

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th May 2018 The Horn of Africa nation of Somalia is better known as the poorest country on earth, with a per capita gross domestic product of $400, and for lacking a coherent government since the 1991 ouster of Mohamed Siad Barre as President. What many do not remember is that it was one of the first newly... 

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

Johan Sverdrup oilfield development, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria has started laying the cable that will supply Johan Sverdrup with power from shore. 

Barakah nuclear energy plant, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is building the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear energy plant. 

Kenya banks on nuclear energy to sustain manufacturing, build the economy

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Kenya hopes to grow its economy and boost manufacturing after building nuclear power plants, a Kenyan academic has told African Utility Week in Cape Town. "We envisage we will become a middle-income industrial country by 2030. With nuclear coming onboard, that will gave us baseload which will... 

Eskom continuing with nuclear plans pending IRP update

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Eskom is going ahead with tentative plans for new nuclear capacity amid uncertainty about whether the technology will be included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which government has indicated will be released for public comment soon. Eskom acting general manager for nuclear new... 

South Africa will need more power generation, for itself and for region – consultant

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2018 Energy planning in South Africa should take into account energy security and energy equity, highlighted energy consultancy NuEnergy Developments MD Des Muller in his address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Information Conference on Wednesday. Energy security was important while... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

Trump said to mull 2015 grid emergency law to save coal plants

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2018 The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official. Members of the... 

Nuclear sector should aspire to cut its power production costs – CSIR engineer

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Worldwide, the cost of solar and wind power is much cheaper now than it was 20 years ago. This was pointed out by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Energy Centre principal engineer Jarrad Wright on Wednesday. He was addressing the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear... 

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