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  • New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

    JAPAN, 2018/01/13 In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. Next a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. A lot of new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production in eastern and southern Africa. Around 90% of national electricity generation in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia comes from hydropower. The share of hydropower in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 20% of electricity production, is likely to grow rapidly. (If South Africa – which relies on coal powered electricity – was excluded, this figure would be much higher, but separate numbers aren’t available.)
  • Ethiopia marching towards Africa's first waste-to-energy plant

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/11/27 Ethiopia will begin running Africa’s initial waste-to-energy plant in early 2018 according to the United Nations environment programme website. The facility in question, the Reppie project, is built on the Koshe landfill site located on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa. inRead invented by Teads The dump site which had served Addis Ababa for about 50 years made news headlines in March this year next a landslide at the premises killed about 114 people – residents and scavengers – according to government records.
  • Gambia: Halifa Sallah Visits Treatment Plant in Copenhagen

    GAMBIA, 2017/08/18 To have initial-hand data on the Management of liquid waste Halifa Sallah accompanied by a Marine Engineer of Gambian origin resident in Copenhagen, Mr. Momodou Camara and other members of the Gambia organisation in Denmark visited Biofos the major wastewater company in Denmark. Biofos treats wastewater of 1.2 million inhabitants in the Copenhagen metropolitan area, at three plants. Monday's visit was at Damhusåen which was very educative for both the Member of Parliament and the other members of visiting team.
  • Egypt increases electricity cost by 42%

    EGYPT, 2017/07/29 Egypt increased electricity prices by up to 42 % on Thursday, a week next hiking fuel prices as part of tough economic reforms. The new rises depending on consumption levels will take result as of this month, Minister of Electricity, Mohammed Chaker said, according to national television. “The ministry has a plan to phase out electricity subsidy by 2021,” he added. The new hikes cut the electricity subsidy in the country’s new fiscal year starting in July by 32 billion Egyptian pounds (around 1.7 billion dollars), private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported.
  • 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.
  • Energy in Ghana Moving from hydro to a hybrid power generation system

    GHANA, 2017/07/02 In this interview with Upper Reach, Fred Oware, CEO of Bui Power Authority, discusses the opportunities and challenges in Ghana’s energy sector and the contribution of the Bui Power Authority to the country’s generation capacity We recently sat with Minister of Energy who said that the West African power pool had been struggling and that with energy request increasing in the region it was imperative that nations share its resources. In your opinion, where is better integration and cooperation needed between Ecowas members and what is the potential for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to address the power supply deficiency in the region?
  • Energy in Ghana Tackling the ‘dumsor’ crisis

    GHANA, 2017/07/02 President Nana Akufo-Addo came to power in January with a number of significant economic challenges to address – amongst them is Ghana’s power crisis, known locally as ‘dumsor’ (a term used to describe the persistent, irregular and unpredictable electric power outages). In 2015, the IMF called the energy crisis the “single-most significant risk” to Ghana putting its economy back on the path to robust economic increase, which it was enjoying up until 2014, at the same time as the commodities crisis took hold. GDP increase has slowed dramatically from the highs of 14 % in 2011, to 3.5 % in 2016. Increase in Q1 of 2017 accelerated to 6.6 % – a sign that things are moving in the right direction. But to maintain high-increase levels, it is estimated that Ghana must add an additional 2,000 MW to its generation capacity over the next five years.
  • 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.
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