Energy in East Africa

  • Uganda Seeks Chinese Cooperation In Nuclear Energy

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 A delegation from Uganda has visited China to familiarise itself with nuclear energy technology and to discuss cooperation. The African country plans to introduce nuclear into its next energy mix. The delegation – led by Prisca Boonabantu, undersecretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Improvment– comprised representatives from the ministry, the Uganda Atomic Energy Council and from Uganda’s embassy in Beijing. The visit took place on 2-5 May and was organised by China Zhonguan Engineering Corporation (CZEC), a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). It followed a visit of Chinese officials to Kampala in March last year.
  • China’s Energy Security: Reality Roadblock In Ethiopia

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 Massive Chinese infrastructure investments across the Eurasian landmass and Africa, together with the influx of Chinese personnel, are targeted by insurgents, rebels, and militants. The uncertainty in Ethiopia undermines China’s efforts to boost economic links with the African continent via the One Belt One Road Initiative. Ethiopia, situated in the Horn of Africa and next to Djibouti where China is building its initial ever foreign military base, is a key node along the proposed route of the One Belt One Road, presently known as the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). This ambitious project to reshape the world through infrastructure connectivity, however, is hampered by domestic conflicts and local opposition.
  • Zambia: Ndola in Power Blackout

    ZAMBIA, 2017/07/07 Additional than 10,000 households have been plunged into darkness next an extra case of suspected sabotage on Zesco lines by unknown people in Ndola on the Copperbelt. The affected areas include Mushili, Kansenshi, Hillcreast and several surrounding areas and are still without power following the damage on Saturday.
  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • EU Gives Tanzania U.S.$200 Million to Develop Energy Sector

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2017/06/06 The European Union, through the Energy for Increase and Sustainable Development programme, has given Tanzania €180 million ($200 million) to develop its energy sector. The bloc, working with the German Development Bank (KfW) and the French Agency for Improvment(AFD), is funding a €42 million ($47 million) electrification project in northwestern Tanzania, covering the Kagera, Geita and Kigoma Regions.
  • Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative makes slow progress

    UNITED STATES, 2016/07/25 Crumbling, mismanaged energy systems have long been an oppressive brake on economic increase in the region’s 49 nations, which have less grid-connected electricity than South Korea and about 600m power-starved people. However, three years next Mr Obama promised to bring “light where currently there is darkness” and “clean energy to protect our planet”, evolution on the ground is proving painfully slow. The Power Africa programme, which the president launched in 2013, is supposed to add 30,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030, equal to nearly a third of sub-Saharan Africa’s existing generating capacity.
  • uganda Refutes Power Import Claims By Kenya

    KENYA, 2015/10/09 Barely three days after Kenya power regulators said they have doubled their power exports to Uganda, a senior official from ministry of Energy has refuted the claims. On Sunday the Daily Monitor sister newspaper Business Daily reported that Kenya had since more than doubled its electricity sales to Uganda. In the report, it was stated that a total of 26.56 million Kilowatt-hours (kWh) were being exported to Uganda and Tanzania over the last 12 months up from 12.63 million kWh indicating a 110.2 per cent growth. In an interview with ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Kabagambe Kaliisa, it emerged that there has never been such a commercial transaction between the two neighbouring countries. He said: "There are no direct commercial power exports from Kenya to Uganda."
  • China grants loan to Mozambique for power transmission line

    CHINA, 2015/07/23 China will grant a loan of US$400 million to Mozambique, the all outstanding for the construction of a second power line for energy transmission from the centre to the north of the country, a government spokesman said Tuesday in Maputo. Mouzinho Saide, who is as well Mozambique’s deputy health minister, said next a Cabinet conference that the US$400 million loan had been secured but according to daily newspaper Notícias, he did not mention either the date on which the loan will be granted or its conditions. At the conference the government of Mozambique analysed ratified, part other things, the loan agreement concluded on 11 June, by which the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) offered to provide US$200 million dollars for the transmission line that will link Chimuara, in Zambézia province, and Nacala, in Nampula province, over a route of just over 600 kilometres.
  • Mozambique’s port of Nacala, Mozambique to start exporting coal

    MOZAMBIQUE, 2015/07/21 The new Nacala-a-Velha coal terminal, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, has received 50 tons of coal, and this is the initial time coal will be exported from this port, said the director of the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor. This corridor includes a 900-kilometre railway between Moatize and Nacala-a-Velha, crossing through part of Malawi, costing an estimated US$4.4 billion and is the result of a partnership between Brazilian group Vale and Mozambican national port and railway company CFM. José Ottoni, director of the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor, said the Interior Minister Jaime Basilio Monteiro, visiting Nampula province, said legal procedures were underway to bring the initial ship to Nacala, because the vessel is licensed to load from the port of Beira.
  • Dam in Mozambique produces more electricity in the 2nd quarter

    MOZAMBIQUE, 2015/07/19 The production of electricity in Mozambique by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam in the second quarter totalled 4,245 gigawatts hours (Gwh), exceeding by 6 % the target set of 4,002 Gwh, Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) said in a statement. HCB as well said the good performance of generating and power transmission equipment as a result of implementing the annual maintenance plans had as well contributed to the better-than-expected production level.