Power

Eskom likely to be unbundled into three entities

Jan 31, 2019

“Should Eskom be unbundled into generation, transmission and distribution, as is the worldwide practice? That is a debate we are going to have soon,” said public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday. Gordhan stressed that the South African government will soon have to discuss whether to split up the state-owned power utility in order to…

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South Africa, Sahara Group explore collaboration on energy in Davos

Jan 30, 2019

Enhancing the capacity, accessibility, reliability and safety of energy in its various forms were the key issues that dominated discussions between South Africa and Sahara Group, a leading international energy conglomerate in Davos, Switzerland. The meeting had South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Kola Adesina…

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Madagascar planning to double its power capacity

Jan 30, 2019

Madagascar plans to double its electricity over the next five years. The news was revealed by Roland Ravatomanga, the country’s new Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons, when he took office. The achievement of this goal will be achieved through five major points said Ravatonanga. The first is the introduction of new sources of energy…

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Rwanda’s REG steps up crackdown on electricity theft

Jan 29, 2019

Commercial electricity losses are still high with a percentage of around 6.5 of the electricity generated in the country and out of which a big percentage emanates from electricity theft. Stealing electricity has been around for a long time across the country. Most electrical theft crimes occur through meter tampering, bypassing meters, and tapping power…

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Electricity link to East, South Africa due for completion next year

Jan 28, 2019

ELECTRICITY transmission interconnector project, which will link the national electricity grid with Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) in its north side and Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) in its south side, is set for completion in June next year. The revelation was made here over the weekend by Electricity Interconnector Project Manager Engineer Peter Kigadye,…

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Mali calls for tenders on rural electrification projections

Jan 28, 2019

Mali launched a call for tenders for the selection of a consultant as part of its Hybrid Rural Electrification Systems project. The chosen company will be responsible for monitoring the environmental and social compliance of the companies selected to build the hybrid power plants. The rural electrification project, which serves as a pilot program for…

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Meralco to takeover Electricity Company of Ghana February 1st

Jan 28, 2019

Ghana power company, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), is being taken over by a company out of the Philippines. According to reports, the takeover of ECG by Meralco Consortium will take effect on February 1. The concession agreement, which is for a period of 20 years, entrusts the management of the company and thus the…

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Eskom’s distressed position raises risks for the firm’s sustainability – CFO

Jan 24, 2019

Rising municipal debt, coupled with Eskom’s poor financial and operational performance pose a systemic risk to the sustainability of the company, says Eskom’s Chief Financial Officer, Calib Cassim. Speaking at the Nersa public hearings in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, Cassim said the ballooning municipal debt, together with the rising Soweto debt, is no longer just an…

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Xsabo Group set to boost Uganda’s electricity sector

Jan 23, 2019

Xsabo Group plans to invest US$200million in the generation of solar power to supply to the national grid, according to its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, David Alobo. Alobo, who on Jan. 10, together with President Yoweri Museveni and Vice President, Edward Ssekandi, unveiled the first 20MW solar plant in Kabulasoke in Gomba District…

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Small thermal plants hold promise for Africa’s economies

Jan 21, 2019

Small-scale power generation plants driven by hydrocarbon sources and biomass are still likely to play a valuable part in rolling out electricity in regions of Africa unserved by grid power and where renewable resources are insufficient to sustain a reliable energy supply. According to Chris Dalgliesh, partner and principal environmental consultant at SRK Consulting’s Cape…

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