African News

Uganda shakes up electricity access for populace

May 16, 2019

Electricity providers in Uganda are teaming up to find a new business model to boost the speed and efficiency of getting power to those living without it, in the hope it can be copied in other parts of Africa and Asia, project backers said Tuesday. About 1 billion people worldwide still lack access to electricity,…

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Zimbabwe faces power blackout, turns to Mozambique for help

May 16, 2019

LOW water levels at Kariba and depressed coal supplies at Hwange Thermal Power Station, are threatening to plunge the country into darkness within the next three months, Energy Minister Joram Gumbo has said. Gumbo told journalists at a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, that he will travel to Mozambique soon to negotiate for more supplies to…

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Vandals dim Kenya Power city lights project

May 16, 2019

Kenya Power has spent more than Sh5.5 billion in installation of street lights in Nairobi alone. But as the firm makes sure that all areas within the city are lit, vandals are reversing the gains by stealing transformers, street lamps and wires, among other items. According to the company’s security manager, Mr Mohamed Mmaka, in…

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Rosatom introduces smart water solutions powered by nuclear, thermal plants

May 16, 2019

Speaking at the technical hub at African Utility Week in Cape Town, Andrei Grinevich, head of international affairs of “Rusatom Smart Utilities” highlighted the company’s innovative “Smart Water” offer. The panel discussion “Assessing the potential of ground breaking water technological solutions” focused on various problems related to the availability of water resources in the South…

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PGS completes 3D seismic acquisition offshore Republic of Guinea

May 16, 2019

PGS’ latest MultiClient 3D GeoStreamer acquisition covering blocks A4 and A5 of the Republic of Guinea was completed on 8th May 2019. Fast-track processing is ongoing. The Guinea MC3D survey is PGS’ first MultiClient project in collaboration with the Republic of Guinea and marks the start of a series of planned acquisitions. The Ramform Titan-Class seismic survey vessel commenced operations in mid-February…

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SA President says Eskom too big to fail, won’t be privatized

May 16, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated at an investment conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday that struggling power utility Eskom would not be privatised, adding it was “too big to fail”. Ramaphosa was delivering his first major post-election economic address at a conference hosted by the Goldman Sachs Group. Ahead of the elections some had warned that plans…

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Zimbabwe plans for electric vehicles by 2030

May 16, 2019

Zimbabwe will by 2030, have done away with diesel and petrol powered vehicles and is likely to adopt electrically powered engines, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions that are largely blamed for fast-tracking global warming, 263Chat has learnt. In an interview with 263Chat on the sidelines of a National Workshop on Climate Change in…

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Namibia plans to grow local power generation capacity in 3 years

May 16, 2019

The Namibian government plans to have at least 80% of Namibia’s electricity consumption locally produced by the year 2022. The country plans to change how electricity generated by independent power producers is sold. Mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo said this last week at the mining expo. The minister added that their concern remains the…

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Rep. of Congo, Trafigura reach agreement on restructuring of oil loans

May 15, 2019

The Republic of Congo and commodities-trading house Trafigura Group agreed to reorganize several hundred millions of dollars in oil-for-cash loans that the African nation struggled with after crude prices fell, according to people familiar with the talks. The restructuring, which also involves several banks that supported the Trafigura deal, is key for Congo as it will help…

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GE to expand work in Egypt’s electricity sector

May 15, 2019

GE plans to expand its cooperation in the Egyptian electricity sector, mainly through renewable energy projects and wind farms. The company will also develop transportation and distribution grids according to Joseph Anis, CEO for the Middle East & Africa Region at GE Power Service, in a Akhbar El Yom report. Anis led the company’s delegation visiting Egypt…

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