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Lingering misgivings

21st September 2018 I start with a mea culpa this week. In the September 7 edition, I waxed lyrical about the exploits of Sophia, the humanoid robot, at the SAPNow conference, which had been held in Johannesburg the previous week to showcase some of the latest developments in artificial intelligence, the Internet of... 

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Despite the downturn in commodity prices that led to more subdued growth in several of Africa’s resource-intense economies, there is still significant investor interest in Africa’s power sectors, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution... 

WSP to develop 330 kV Zambia-DRC electricity transmission line

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 The Southern African Power Pool has appointed UK-based engineering consultancy WSP to develop a proposed 330 kV electricity interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

Vedanta’s Zinc International production down y/y in Q1, Zambia copper production improves

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International business recorded a 25% year-on-year decrease in production to 32 000 t  for the quarter ended June 30 – the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. The decrease was mainly as a result of an planned plant shutdown at the acid plant, as... 

World Bank advises Zambia to stop power and fuel subsidies

By: African News Agency      6th September 2016 The World Bank has advised the Zambian government to cut its expenditure bill by dropping a fuel and power subsidy programme which gobbles nearly $600-million in public funds from the treasury annually. In its latest country-focused cost-cutting advisory report, the global financial institution... 

$60m boost to Zambia power grid

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 Mining is poised to receive a spinoff benefit from Monday’s announcement that the power grid in Zambia is to be boosted by a $60-million investment. In this latest transaction, Standard Chartered bank has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide a... 

Malawi awards $7.5m grid-monitoring contract to GE

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st April 2016 Industrial major GE started a $7.5-million contract for the installation and commissioning of the energy management system (EMS) and telecommunication system at the State-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). The Millennium Challenge Account - Malawi (MCA-Malawi) awarded the... 

Engineering contract for Zambian transmission rehab project awarded

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2015 Zambia Electricity Supply Commission (Zesco) awarded engineering firm Aurecon a contract to provide engineering, design and construction supervision services for the $200-million World Bank-funded Lusaka Transmission and Distribution Rehabilitation Project. Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is regarded... 

Batoka gorge hydropower project, Zambia and Zimbabwe

6th March 2015 Plans for the Batoka Gorge power plant between Zambia and Zimbabwe have been expanded from 1 600 MW to 2 400 MW, according to an industry official. 

Zambia expands energy capacity, eyes export of power in 3 years  

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th March 2014 State-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) aimed to export its 200 MW to 300 MW surplus energy after an ambitious $5-billion generation and transmission expansion brought its capacity to over 2 200 MW. Zesco transmission development director Christopher Mubemba said the... 

The 17th annual Power & Electricity World Africa is Africa's largest and most holistic power and energy business event

21st February 2014 The 17th annual Power & Electricity World Africa is Africa's largest and most holistic power and energy business event: an exhibition, series of seminars, and strategic conference.  Attracting over 4500 attendees year on year, this is the premier event for stakeholders and decision makers from... 

Roadshow for a smarter mining and utilities future: Schneider Electric showcases MV solution in Zambia

23rd January 2014 Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is taking its medium voltage solutions to Zambia in a two-city roadshow at the end of January 2014.The showcases will take place in Lusaka at the Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel and is exclusive to the country’s state owned power company,... 

Power & Electricity World Africa

10th January 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa - the continent’s largest power and electricity show - takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 11-12 March 2014. The show - a combination of conference, exhibition and series of seminars – is the leading market place and ideas exchange platform for... 

Altron’s Powertech QuadPro secures R280m in projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2013 A year after being absorbed into JSE-listed Altron subsidiary Power Technologies (Powertech), QuadPro Power Solutions has secured orders valued at R280-million in three identified growth markets, Altron said on Monday. Altron last year acquired a 51% stake in QuadPro for an undisclosed amount and... 

Batoka gorge hydropower project, Zambia and Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     25th October 2013 The Zimbabwe government says work on the construction of the Batoka gorge hydroelectric scheme will most likely begin at the end of 2014. 

NamPower seeks strategic investor for 800 MW gas-to-power project

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2013 Power utility Namibia Power (NamPower) on Friday announced it would seek investment partners for the $1-billion Kudu combined-cycle gas and steam turbine project, near Oranjemund. The potential strategic equity investor (SEI) for the much delayed 800 MW gas-to-power project would be selected... 

Namibia eyes power exports by 2018 as it expands capacity

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2013 Namibia aimed to shift the bulk of its domestic electricity demand off cross-border suppliers as it expanded its own power generation capacity, Pretoria-based commercial office of the High Commission of Namibia commercial counsellor Bonaventura Hinda said on Tuesday. Speaking at a Namibian... 

Investment in Zambia power generation critical for continued growth

By: Natalie Greve     10th April 2013 Zambia would need to install an additional 4 330 MW of power generation capacity at a cost of $12-billion by 2020 to ensure the country’s continued economic growth, Copperbelt Energy Corporation strategy and regulation director Sylvester Hibajene said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Power &... 

Batoka gorge hydropower project, Zambia and Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     1st March 2013 Zambia and Zimbabwe have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin work on the construction of the hydropower project. 

Maamba coal-fired power station project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     7th December 2012 The project involves the construction of Zambia’s first coal-fired thermal power plant. 

Power accord in hand, First Quantum green-lights Sentinel

By: Matthew Hill     9th May 2012 Days after warning of delays should they not be forthcoming, copper and nickel producer First Quantum said on Wednesday it reached agreement with the government over power tariffs for its $1.7-billion Sentinel project in Zambia. As a result, the LSE- and TSX-quoted miner’s board gave the copper... 


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