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  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold the key to Africa's increase

    AFRICA, 2014/02/27 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold the key to Africa\'s increase, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DHL Express for sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Charles Brewer, said. The private BusinessDay reported Tuesday that the CEO supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which forecasts economic increase in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 to be slightly higher than 2013. “This increase, coupled with the additional than one billion consumers on the continent who spend US$600 billion annually, inclunding having the fastest growing middle class in the world, and the significant opportunity that connecting with the world represents, provides African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with boundless opportunities in 2014,? Brewer said.
  • Tanzanians one day will have natural gas connected to their homes

    TANZANIA, 2014/02/23 THE dream that Tanzanians one day will have natural gas connected to their homes for domestic use could any minute at this time be a reality next a team of Egyptian investors expressed interest. Speaking to journalists yesterday, TAQA Arabia business development director, Mr Akmal Zaghloul who is part of the Egyptian Foreign Minister\'s delegation said that he is very impressed with what he has seen in the country. "We have had talks with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) and have expressed interest in the natural gas downstream particularly in connectivity and the signs are good,\" he said.
  • The private sector in East Africa’s electricity;

    EAST AFRICA, 2014/02/13 The private sector will play an significant role in conference East Africa’s electricity request over the next few years. East African nations will have to dramatically increase their electricity generation capacity to keep up. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan predicts that East Africa’s electricity request will grow at approximately 5.3% a year until 2020. To meet these requirements, generation capacity would have to increase by 37.7% in Uganda, 96.4% in Kenya, 75.3% in Tanzania and 115% in Rwanda. The growing request arises from urbanisation and industrialisation. East Africa’s energy mix is expected to diversify from its predominant dependence on hydro, affording additional opportunities for power infrastructure advancement. A focus on energy development will provide opportunities for contribution from both the private and public sector participants.
  • The Nigerian government needs help from the private sector infrastructure needs for energy.

    NIGERIA, 2014/02/13 The Nigerian government needs help from the private sector to meet the country’s infrastructure needs for energy. Nigeria needs $900 billion (R9.8 trillion) to fix its energy sector. In order to add 5 000 megawatts to the grid over the next few years, $10 billion (R109 billion) is needed for power generation and distribution. A further $1.5 billion (R16.4 billion) investment is needed annually for the next five years to ensure the country’s transmission grid is reliable and stabile.
  • The power production capacity of the Temane thermal power plant

    MAPUTO CITY, 2014/02/13 The power production capacity of the Temane thermal power plant, in Mozambique’s Inhambane province, is due to increase from 6.6 megawatts to 11.6 megawatts to meet request in the northern part of the province, according to a statement in Mozambican newspaper Notícias. The work, which began in mid 2013, is due to end in April and includes installation of a further two generator groups by power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), using funding of US$9 million from Sweden. According to the chairman of EdM, Augusto de Sousa Fernando, the work will ensure that the power plant will continue to provide electricity to districts in the north of Inhambane province inclunding one district in Sofala province over the next five years.
  • Power Restored to Most Nampula Districts Mozambique

    MOZAMBIQUE, 2014/01/14 The Mozambican electricity company, EDM, has announced the restoration of power supplies to most of the areas in the northern province of Nampula where torrential rains and high winds knocked down pylons on Tuesday and Wednesday. The areas plunged into darkness were the districts of Angoche, Mogincual, Murrupula, Moma and Lalaua, and the Larde and Chalaua administrative posts. An EDM press release said that on Wednesday its brigades repaired the Angoche line, where two pylons had been downed. Later the same day the line to Moma and Larde, where three pylons were knocked down was repaired, and power was as well restored to Morrupula. On this line the storm had knocked out five pylons.
  • Investors Urged to Take Advantage of Opportunities in Energy Sector

    RWANDA, 2014/01/14 The private sector has been urged to take luck of business opportunities in the energy sector, a move that would boost government programmes aimed at increasing the country\'s power generation capacity. Silas Lwakabamba, the Minister for Infrastructure, said government efforts to develop the power sector cannot succeed if the private sector does not play a large part. Lwakabamba was speaking during a private sector-government forum at the Ministry of Infrastructure on Friday.
  • Minister of Energy and Electricity Ahmed Imam

    EGYPT, 2014/01/14 Minister of Energy and Electricity Ahmed Imam has reviewed plans to fasten electricity supply during the hours of the referendum on Egypt's new constitution. Officials at the Ministry are intensifying efforts across all governorates to prevent power outage in all polling stations during the referendum.
  • Russia and Syria on Christmas Day reportedly entered into a 90-million-dollar, 25-year oil prospecting deal.

    SYRIA, 2014/01/05 Russia and Syria on Christmas Day reportedly entered into a 90-million-dollar, 25-year oil prospecting transaction. ''With a move that remained unnoticed in the midst of Christmas festivities, Putin consolidated Russia's position in one of the world's most interesting new regions in terms of oil and hydrocarbons'', the Financial Times newspaper wrote. The arrangement between Russian company Soyuzneftegaz and Damascus was reportedly signed in the Syrian capital, and ''grants the Russians prospecting rights over a 2,190 square-kilometer section of Syrian territorial waters'', according to Lebanese newspaper Daily Star. ''This is the initial-ever arrangement for oil and gas exploration in Syrian waters''. The relatively recent discovery of the Leviathan gas field in the eastern Mediterranean has caused area powers inclunding Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey to jockey for position. Syria and Lebanon have accused Israel of intent to steal the Lebanese quota, while Israel and Cyprus signed a transaction to exploit resources in waters between their coasts: that transaction stoked the rage of Ankara, because the northern occupied portion of Cyprus, which only Turkey recognizes, was not part of the consultations.
  • Power supply for citizens in West Africa

    ABIDJAN, 2013/12/18 ECOWAS promises 'significant improvements' in power supply for citizens - Citizens of West African nations that benefitting from a US$108-million regional emergency energy programme will experience “significant improvements” in their energy generation and supply from next year, ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has assured. According to the ECOWAS Commission, President Ouedraogo gave the assurance while speaking in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Monday during the signing ceremony for the grants to three ECOWAS beneficiary nations - Gambia, Mali and Sierra Leone.