Power

Kenya launches roadmap to achieve universal electricity access by 2022

Dec 15, 2018

The government today launched the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). Developed in partnership with the World Bank, KNES provides a roadmap to achieving universal access to electricity for all Kenyans by 2022. With the help of the geospatial tool, the strategy has identified least-cost options for bringing electricity to households and businesses throughout the country.…

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S. Africa’s Great Kei Local Municipality seeks to upgrade substations

Dec 14, 2018

South Africa’s Great Kei Local Municipality invites tenders for upgrading of Komga switching rooms and substations. It is estimated that bidders should have a CIDB contractor grading of 4EP. Only BIDDERS who holds 4EP or higher are eligible to submit tenders. For more see: ESI Africa

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Probability of loadshedding remains low until January 2019 -Eskom

Dec 14, 2018

Eskom has not implemented loadshedding in four consecutive days. The probability of loadshedding remains low from today until Sunday 13 January 2019. This is as a result of the expected decrease in demand as businesses and industries close down for the festive break. However heavy rains over the December to March period could impact coal…

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Tanzania signs $3b hydro power deal in heritage site

Dec 12, 2018

Tanzania will build a $3 billion hydroelectric plant in a UNESCO world heritage site under a contract announced on Wednesday involving Egyptian companies despite concerns raised about the impact on wildlife. Tanzanian President John Magufuli, has pushed for the project to start despite concerns raised about the impact on the Selous Game Reserve. Known for…

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FMO backs $32.5m electrification facility for Tanzania

Dec 12, 2018

In Tanzania, an estimated 145,500 households will soon have access to reliable and affordable power through the recent signing of a $32.5 million finance facility. FMO the Dutch development bank and lead financier, signed with ZOLA Electric and Symbiotics, an investment firm specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance on Monday. Bill Lenihan, Co-CEO, ZOLA…

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Meralco to spend $40m for stake in Ghana power utility

Dec 11, 2018

Philippine electric distribution giant Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will cough up US$40 million on planned equity acquisition at an electricity distribution firm in Ghana. “We are required to have 30-percent, but we can bring that down to 19-percent in the JV (joint venture),” Meralco President Oscar S. Reyes said. The US$40 million investment, he qualified,…

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GE’s EMS to monitor Malawi’s power grid

Dec 11, 2018

GE’s Energy Management System (EMS) will provide real-time and remotely managed information on Malawi’s electrical grid and power outages. Aligning with MCA-M’s Infrastructure Development Project, GE Power’s Grid Solutions business completed the installation and commissioning of the EMS and telecommunications systems at 26 substations of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM). The project., financed…

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About 60% of Liberia’s power is stolen – LEC

Dec 11, 2018

People are stealing about 60% of the electricity generated in Liberia annually by making illegal connections to their homes and businesses, the state-owned power utility has said. The theft caused annual losses of about $35m (£27m), Liberia Electricity Corporation officials told state radio. This was robbing the utility of cash for extending power supply, they…

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Power pool plan to maximise energy trade within SADC region

Dec 11, 2018

Representatives from financial institutions, governments, regulatory bodies, developers and power utilities participated in a workshop to discuss the recently adopted Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) Plan. The Pool Plan is set to benefit the wider regional economy by scaling-up cross-border energy trade and substantially reducing the cost of power supply in the region. The plan…

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Tanzania’s TANESCO seeks to pre-qualify bidders for MV 33kV construction

Dec 5, 2018

The Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (TANESCO) intends to pre-qualify contractors for construction of Medium Voltage (33kV) and Low Voltage (0.4kV) and installation of new distribution transformer substations and other associated works. Contractors, who were pre-qualified before 2015, must apply regardless of their pre-qualification validity status. Bidders are free to quote for all lots listed…

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