African News

World’s biggest hydroelectric project inches closer to reality in Congo

Aug 7, 2019

A dream of building the world’s biggest hydroelectric project in the heart of Africa may be inching closer to reality. For decades, plans have been made and discarded to construct a series of hydroelectric power stations on Africa’s second-longest river that would generate almost twice the power of the Three Gorges Dam in China, the…

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Universal Coal secures coal supply deal with Eskom

Aug 7, 2019

ASX-listed coal miner Universal Coal has executed a Coal Supply Agreement with Eskom for 100% of its production from its fourth operation Ubuntu colliery. Under the agreement, the Ubuntu colliery will deliver 1.2 Mtpa of thermal coal to Eskom with first coal delivery set for November 2019, with build-up of production over a short six-month…

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Mozambique power project contractor to be selected by Q4 2019

Aug 7, 2019

The Mozambican authorities plan to select a consulting firm to implement the 1,500 MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project by the end of 2019. Nine of them were preselected following the first call for tenders for the project. The Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project is about to take another step forward. It concerns the choice of the…

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South Sudan raises oil production by 6,000 barrels

Aug 7, 2019

South Sudan Petroleum Minister, Awow Chuang, on Wednesday said that the country had boosted its oil production by 6,000 barrels, bringing the oil output to over 180,000 barrels per day. Chuang told state-owned radio South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) on Wednesday in Juba. The minister said the increase followed resumption of production at Block 1&2…

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AfDB’s support for electrification changes habits and lightens loads for Guineans

Aug 7, 2019

For over a year in Conakry, the Guinean capital, and in several other major towns and rural areas in the country, habits have changed. Like many of her compatriots, Arama Sire Camara, a fruit and vegetable seller in the province of Kindia (135 km from Conakry) is now much more confident and happy carrying on…

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Eskom to spend R4.32bn on diesel to keep electricity on till end of 2019

Aug 7, 2019

Eskom plans to spend up to R4.32-billion on diesel for gas turbines to keep the electricity supply on until December — and more after that. Yes, it is the worst-case scenario, but given the power utility’s reliability track record, a real possibility. It’s only by April 2020 that Eskom expects to ditch the need for…

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Zimbabwe’s Govt to pay Eskom $890,000 weekly

Aug 7, 2019

Government has concluded negotiations with South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, that will see the country receiving 400MW of electricity while paying US$890 000 weekly to service its legacy debt. This was said by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa at a post-Cabinet meeting media briefing yesterday. “Cabinet was informed by the Minister of…

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Benin strengthening its gas to power infrastructure

Aug 7, 2019

With a population of less than 12 million and a GDP of $10.35bn in 2018, Benin is often overshadowed by its massive neighbour, Nigeria. Yet as African countries try to revitalize their energy sector, bring in private capital and develop gas-to-power, it is in West Africa and Benin that observers should look for positive developments. With recent…

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Amplus Energy Services wins first major contract in Angola

Aug 7, 2019

Floating production solutions specialist Amplus Energy Services announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to reevaluate the development of marginal fields in Angola with the aim to form economically viable field development solutions for a major operator in the region. Amplus said it will manage the six-month project from its Aberdeen…

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Climate change, renewable energy workshop held for energy industries in Gambia

Aug 7, 2019

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in collaboration with the University of the Gambia, on Monday August 5th 2019, held a workshop on a feasibility study and technical training on climate change and renewable energy at the University’s Faculty of Law. The workshop which was sponsored by the German Ministry of Higher Education and…

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