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The African Development Bank (AfDB) to focus on Power

By on September 17, 2015 in Access to Energy, Development, Power with 0 Comments
The African Development Bank (AfDB) to focus on Power

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will focus in coming years on tackling Africa’s chronic power shortages to try to unlock its economic potential and end its vulnerability to fluctuations in commodity prices, its new president is quoted in a Reuters Africa report as saying. Though it boasts nearly a billion people, sub-Saharan Africa consumes about […]

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Kenya Power gets Loan from UBA Bank

By on May 25, 2015 in Distribution, Power with 0 Comments
Kenya Power gets Loan from UBA Bank

The United Bank of Africa (UBA) has, given Kenya Power Company a US$10m loan facility to upgrade its infrastructure to distribute 5,000mw by 2017, which is expected to boost the capacity of the power company’s transmission lines. Star Africa reports that the facility was part of a syndicated loan from a number of lenders to finance […]

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Private Investment Key for Power Generation

By on May 18, 2015 in Power with 0 Comments
Private Investment Key for Power Generation

Private investment and technological advances are key to boosting power generation in Africa where an estimated 600m people lack access to electricity. Bloomberg reports that this is according to Amos Hochstein, special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs at the US State Department who said: ‘There is not enough money in any government to […]

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Africa’s Energy potential continues to grow

By on February 24, 2015 in Home, Mining, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, Renewables with 0 Comments
Africa’s Energy potential continues to grow

Africa had the potential to be one of the biggest providers of energy in the world, but was still seen as a ‘good for nothing’ continent, particularly with regard to USinvestment, World Energy Council (WEC) Africa vice-chair Bonang Mohale is quoted in a Polity report as saying. Addressing delegates at the recent Africa Energy Indaba […]

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Work on Nairobi – Mombasa electricity transmission line to end in August 2015

By on February 17, 2015 in Transmission with 0 Comments
Work on Nairobi – Mombasa electricity transmission line to end in August 2015

The Mombasa-Nairobi electricity transmission line is set for completion by end of August, significantly raising the State’s capacity to transmit power from various producers at the Coast to the national grid. Officials of the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) said work had resumed on the line after they resolved the wayleave stand-off with community leaders. […]

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GE to build massive Thermal Power Plant in Ghana

By on February 13, 2015 in Power, Thermal with 0 Comments
GE to build massive Thermal Power Plant in Ghana

General Electric (GE) is to build a 1,200-megawatt thermal power plant in Ghana to come on-stream in the next five years in a bid to address the West African country’s power deficit. Reuters reports that CEO Jeff Immelt said after a meeting with President John Mahama the US company will also provide emergency power systems […]

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Blackouts force South Africans to cut reliance on erratic power grid

By on February 12, 2015 in Power with 0 Comments
Blackouts force South Africans to cut reliance on erratic power grid

With power outages now a daily reality in South Africa and expected to last for the next three years, business and individuals are taking matters into their own hands. Africa’s most advanced economy is experiencing its worst electricity crisis since 2008 with state power firm Eskom implementing rolling blackouts as its old creaking grid struggles […]

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UK and Norway Funds invest in Africa Energy

By on February 11, 2015 in Power with 0 Comments
UK and Norway Funds invest in Africa Energy

State-owned development funds from Norway and Britain have teamed up to build more power plants in sub-Saharan Africa, the funds, Norfund and CDC, said, reports Business Report. Under the deal, Norfund will buy 30% of power company Globeleq Africa from minority shareholders, while CDC will take a direct 70% interest, which it has owned so […]

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Zimbabwe Power Projects Commence

By on January 16, 2015 in Hydro, Power, Thermal with 0 Comments
Zimbabwe Power Projects Commence

Mega power deals sealed by President Mugabe in China in 2013 have taken off, with construction already underway at key projects expected to add 1,500 megawatts to the national grid. The projects are 1. Kariba South Hydro Power Station (300MW), 2. Hwange Thermal Power Station expansion (600MW) and 3. construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Thermal Power Station […]

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South Africa Private sector needs to ‘help keep lights on’

By on November 7, 2014 in Generation with 0 Comments
South Africa Private sector needs to ‘help keep lights on’

Eskom’s recent request for customers to reduce energy consumption, even if it means cutting production, along with arranged blackouts, poses a real threat to the growth of the South African economy. This is according to Manie de Waal, head of sales of Energy Partners, an energy solutions provider. “The full financial effect of load shedding […]

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