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AECOM appoints new Water Business Line Lead for Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has appointed Werner Comrie as the Lead for its Water Business Line in Africa as of 1 July 2018. Comrie graduated in civil engineering from the University of Pretoria, and has 29 years’ experience in the field of water engineering. Starting out as... 

‘We can’t do expensive’

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2018 During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

Pac Ma hydropower plant, Vietnam

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 Pac Ma Hydropower Joint-Stock Company is developing a hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 140 MW. 

A reflection on latest IRP iteration

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th September 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a government plan that supposedly sets out  the future development of the South African electricity generation system. In theory, government passes the plan around for comment by industry and municipalities and everybody agrees, after which government policy... 

Join the least-cost highway

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 The release of a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) for public comment, is an extremely positive development. Likewise, the document’s acknowledgement that the least-cost new build option for South Africa to 2030 is a combination of solar, wind and gas represents major progress. This... 

Nurek hydropower rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2018 Barqi Tojik plans to rehabilitate and restore the generating capacity of nine power generating units at the Nurek power plant. 

China's TBEA to invest in €180m Gabon hydropower project – Gabon official

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese energy firm TBEA will invest in a €180-million ($209-million) hydropower project in Gabon alongside the West African country's sovereign wealth fund, a Gabonese official said on Saturday. Construction will begin "pretty soon" on the project, which will have a power generation capacity of... 

Adventures on the interconnected power system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2018   I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. It was a fabulous job. I reported to the chief engineer, who, in turn, reported to the regional manager. But both the chief engineer and I had a reporting... 

Upper Trishuli 1 hydroelectric project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 Nepal Water & Energy Development Company is proposing the construction of a 216 MW run-of-river hydropower project. 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

Alcoa asks US government for tariff exemption on Canadian aluminum

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Alcoa Corp on Monday asked the US.Commerce Department to exempt from tariffs its purchases of 40 000 metric tons of Canadian aluminum used to make beverage cans, adding to thousands of requests for such relief. According to documents posted to its website, Alcoa said no US aluminum producer can... 

Nam Kong 3 hydropower plant, Laos

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 Chaleun Sekong Energy Co is building a 54 MW greenfield hydropower plant, in Attapue. 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 The project manager of a $4-billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said. "We have confirmed that engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead," Zeinu Jemal, head of Ethiopia's Federal Police Commission, told reporters. "He had a bullet wound behind his right ear,"... 

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 Expected payback on the $5-billion copper project that Anglo American is leading in partnership with Mitsubishi is four years after initial production, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday, when the company announced the go-ahead for the development of the new community-backed low-cost,... 

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

Rio Tinto renews commitment to Quebec aluminium operations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th July 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Diversified miner Rio Tinto has struck a renewed partnership agreement with the government of Quebec, which the miner said would strengthen its aluminium assets in the region. The new agreement supersedes one that was signed in 2006, and will run until 2025. The... 

Kibali mine targets record production following underground ramp-up

By: Nadine James     25th July 2018 Gold production at Randgold Resources’ Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is rising steadily on the back of the optimisation of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat its guidance of 730 000 oz for 2018, Randgold CE Mark Bristow said on Wednesday.... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 South Africa and Lesotho have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Phase 2 project. 

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

Zambia says debt restructuring will not disrupt Chinese projects

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Zambia will be careful to ensure its planned debt restructuring does not disrupt Chinese-financed projects, President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday, after China's ambassador to the southern African nation sought clarification on the matter. China is a leading financier of infrastructure projects... 

Eskom executive structure strengthened with the appointment of a COO

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The board of State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed Jan Oberholzer COO. The board, which was appointed in January, was mandated to resolve and take decisions to address the immediate challenges facing Eskom. Key to this mandate was to bring stability to the executive leadership structures... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

Trump trade war looms over Canadian town built to supply America

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 If ever a town embodied US-Canadian symbiosis, it’s Arvida, Quebec. Built by Americans, its giant smelter supplied most of the Allied forces’ aluminum in World War II and today makes metal used in Budweiser beer cans, Tesla and Ford cars and in AR15 rifles, part of the 2.5-million metric tons... 

AECOM is well-positioned for oil-and-gas project boom in East Africa

28th June 2018 The oil-and-gas sector in East Africa is on the verge of a major boom, as various infrastructure projects are either kicking off, or are in the final design stages, according to AECOM Uganda Managing Director Bridget Ssamula. Global oil-and-gas companies have set up offices, and some are... 

Edenville, Sinohydro extend MoU to December 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Energy commodity developer Edenville Energy has extended the validity of its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hydropower engineering company Sinohydro Corporation of China, over the Rukwa coal project, in south-west Tanzania, to December 2019.  

Zambia shortlists ten firms for 100 MW solar projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Zambia has shortlisted ten regional and international companies to build a total of 100 MW of solar electricity projects by 2020, the director of the project said on Friday. Zambia is heavily dependent on hydropower and following a drought in 2016, an electricity shortage hit Africa's No.2 copper... 

First Quantum says competitiveness key to Zambia copper production

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2018 Global metals and mining company First Quantum has urged Zambia to ensure competitiveness and stability in the sector in order to attract foreign direct investment and regain its slot as Africa's largest copper producer. Essential to this is a competitive electricity tariff structure that... 

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The pace of electrification in Africa has nearly tripled since 2012, relative to the previous decade, with electrification in sub-Saharan Africa surpassing population growth for the first time in 2014. However, there is a long way to go to realise continental electrification, says Aggreko CEO... 

Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The willingness and interest to invest in the African energy sector is picking up globally, says Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo. Speaking at the Africa Energy Forum, now in its twentieth year, in Mauritius, on Tuesday, he said the... 

Swiss place efficiency at heart of post-nuclear energy strategy

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Residents taking occupation of apartments at a new mixed-use property development on the site of a decommissioned paper mill in southern Zurich, Switzerland, are all encouraged to download a neighbourhood App to their mobile devices. The social media component, which allows Greencity residents... 

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

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. 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

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... 

Contrasting performances for Sub-Saharan African, European miners – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 Europe and sub-Saharan Africa are on opposite ends of BMI Research’s Mining Risk and Reward Index (RRI), as can be seen with Europe’s significantly stronger performance in country and industry risk indicators, while sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag in country reward scores. The country reward... 

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