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Lemur appoints owner’s engineer, technical advisers for Imaloto BFS

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary, which is developing an integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer asset in Madagascar, has appointed an owner’s engineer and technical advisers for  the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Imaloto power project.... 

Nenskra hydropower project, Georgia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Nenskra is proposing to build a 280 MW capacity high-head hydropower plant. 

As Mozambique marks historic Cahora Bassa transfer, attention shifts to big capex plan

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2017 Hidroelectrica Cahora Bassa (HCB), the Mozambique concession company which operates the Cahora Bassa dam and the 2 075 MW hydropower plant, is poised to move into a period of sustained investment, having settled all debt associated with the 2007 transfer of ownership of the scheme from Portugal... 

South Sudan seeks outside help as it aims to power up

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 South Sudan is pleading for foreign funding and investment in the energy sector to light the country which remains in the dark. Despite being endowed with vast oil and gas reserves and massive potential to generate electricity from hydro, solar and wind sources, the country entirely depends on... 

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

Rusal launches green aluminium brand to drive sales

By: Reuters     2nd November 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal launched a low-carbon certification programme and new brand on Wednesday in an effort to get more value from the green footprint of its smelters. Some customers are willing to pay $20 to $50 a tonne more for low-carbon metal, although no fixed premium will be... 

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020

     27th October 2017 The mass production of the environment-friendly synthetic crude oil substitute Blue Crude will become a reality from 2020, says research and development company Sunfire.  

Russia's En+ sets IPO price range

By: Reuters     23rd October 2017 Russia's En+ Group, which manages Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska's aluminium and hydropower businesses, has set a price range for its initial public share offering (IPO) in London and Moscow, it said on Monday. The price range was set at $14 to $17 per Global Depositary Receipt (GDR), with the... 

Mambilla hydroelectric power plant, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 Nigeria's Federal Executive Council has approved the construction of the project. 

Kibali on track as it prepares for completion of underground mine

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 Randgold Resources’ Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based Kibali gold mine remains on track to achieve its production target of 610 000 oz this year as its underground operations and the integration and automation of the vertical shaft enters the final commissioning and automation stage, CEO... 

Infrastructure report card points to importance of efficient maintenance

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 A lack of skilled professionals and maintenance has emerged as among the major issues facing most of South Africa’s infrastructure sectors, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (Saice’s) third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa. “Efficient maintenance... 

Alphamin's Bisie mine on track for 2019 production

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2017 Despite facing significant social, political and geographical challenges, emerging miner Alphamin Resources is on track to deliver on the first large commercial tin mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Against a backdrop of historical political upheaval, rent-seeking, an... 

Congo halts Sicomines' copper exports, orders local refining

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo ordered Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Construction Corp.’s local mining venture to stop exporting unprocessed copper and cobalt and refine all its metals within the country. Sicomines must ship “only high-value products” as the government looks to “ensure the... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has reported that the start of construction works on Phase II is only a few months away. 

Construction tenders open for Phase 2 of Lesotho water project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2017 The first of about 20 advance infrastructure construction tenders for Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has been advertised, paving the way for construction to start next year. Phase 2 comprises a wide range of small and large contracts and Lesotho Highlands Development... 

Local infrastructure impacted on by skills deficit, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 A lack of skilled professionals and maintenance has emerged as among the major issues facing most of South Africa’s infrastructure sectors, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (Saice’s) third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa. “Efficient maintenance... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2017 Zambezi River Authority is rehabilitating the Kariba dam to ensure its longevity. 

Bineng hydropower plant facilities expansion project, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 AboitizPower is tripling the combined capacity of Bineng’s three hydropower plant facilities. 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Southern African Power Pool could learn from Nordic countries’ approach to energy market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 Southern Africa can take heed of the success of the Nordic region’s achievement of energy security through successful cross-border trade and integration, its integrated markets and other critical elements of the Nord Power Pool. This is the message that emerged from the first day of the three-day... 

Afe Babalola University expansion project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The Afe Babalola University plans to build new facilities and improve access to high-quality education for more than 10 000 students. 

Ivanhoe plans 'new era of production' for historic DRC mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into discussions to start a “new era of production” at the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that could deliver one of the highest-grade major zinc mines worldwide. Ivanhoe, which, in conjunction... 

Zambian copper production to grow by 7% this year, despite power challenges

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 The Zambian government’s support for the mining industry and strong copper prices are expected to drive growth in the country’s copper production for this year, despite ongoing power shortages. BMI Research on Monday pointed out that, according to data published by the Zambian central bank,... 

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid, markets, with demand to peak from 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 A contractor has been appointed to supervise construction of the Polihali dam. 

Nachtigal Amont hydropower project, Cameroon

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 The project will harness the potential of hydroelectric power in the Sanaga river basin. 

Little Long hydropower plant overhaul and upgrade project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 Ontario Power plans to do a major overhaul and upgrade of units 1 and 2 of the 205 MW Little Long hydropower plant. 

Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project – Phase II, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 The National Irrigation Administration is proposing the construction of an earth-fill dam at the upper Bulsa river. 

Songwe River Basin Programme, Malawi and Tanzania

     25th August 2017 The transboundary project includes a multipurpose dam and will provide water for an irrigation scheme covering about 3 000 ha in each of the countries. 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Zambia to get first wind power plant

By: African News Agency      24th August 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a $1.05-million grant to support a feasibility study for Zambia’s first wind power plant. The funding was awarded to renewable power project developer, Access Power and its strategic partner, EREN Renewable Energy (EREN RE),... 

Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th August 2017 A few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Africa's biggest copper mine hit by Zambian power restrictions

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals, escalating a fight over tariffs. "They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100% because of the... 

Malawi contracts Japan’s Mitsubishi to build 18 MW hydopower plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     11th August 2017 Malawi State-owned utility the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has contracted Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation to construct the 18 MW Tedzani IV power station, on Shire river. The Malawi government and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency will jointly finance the project, where... 

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