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Africa: Switching On One Step At a Time

[Africa In Fact] SDG 7: affordable and clean energy

Africa: African Development Bank Plans to Make the Continent a World Leader in Renewables

[IPS] Africa, where close to half of its 1.2 billion have access to electricity, is set to become a world leader in renewable energy. As global business and development leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), one of the key focuses of the deals being discussed was around sustainable, renewable energy.

South Africa: KZN Tornado - Eskom Fixing Network After Fatal Storm Leaves 15 000 Without Power

[News24Wire] Eskom said on Wednesday it was fixing the infrastructure that had been damaged by a severe storm and tornado that "wreaked havoc" in New Hanover, Pietermaritzburg, a day earlier.

Zimbabwe: Employee Sues Parastatal, Colleague for $700,000 Over Freak Accident

[New Zimbabwe] The Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has been slapped with a $700 000 lawsuit by one of its ex-employees who was involved in a freak accident while on duty.

Zimbabwe: Cabinet Approves MOU On Renewable Energy

[The Herald] Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Zimbabwe and a global firm, Life Academy, on cooperation in the field of energy.

Zimbabwe: Govt Bans Electric Geysers in Bid to Save Power

[New Zimbabwe] Government has with immediate effect banned the installation of electrical water geysers in the country as a move to manage electricity use during a period of massive shortages.

Renergen’s Virginia project could place SA on helium export map

Emerging natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, has the potential to position South Africa as a prominent player in the helium market, making it the eighth country in the world to export helium. Simone Liedtke chats to Renergen about what the project is all about.

South Africa: Power System Remains Vulnerable

[SAnews.gov.za] The power system remains constrained and vulnerable with generating plant performing at very low levels of stability.

South Africa: Sowetans Should Pay Flat Rate of R150/Month for Electricity - It Will Foster Payment Culture, Says ANC Councillor

[News24Wire] A flat rate for electricity could help foster a culture of payment among Soweto residents, a local councillor told Fin24.

Zimbabwe: Technical Fault Plunges Eastern Zimbabwe Into Darkness

[The Herald] Eastern Zimbabwe lost electric power for almost three hours from 1am yesterday when a regional interconnector tripped and stopped generation at Kariba South Power Station.

Sudan: Red Sea State Residents Protest Week of Power Outages

[Radio Dabanga] Port Sudan -On Monday, the residents of Suakin in Red Sea state blocked the main road between Suakin and Port Sudan in protest against the power outages that have lasted for a whole week.

Nigeria: Govt Pressures China On $5.8bn Loan for Mambilla Power Project

[Daily Trust] The Federal Government is mounting pressure on the Chinese Embassy to ensure that the Chinese Export Import Bank (EXIMBANK) releases its part of the $5.8 billion funding for the 3,050-megawatt (MW) Mambilla Hydropower project in Taraba State.

Africa: 50% Energy Improvement Could Grow Africa Fourfold, Study Shows

[New Times] Africa has the potential to expand its economy fourfold, with energy demands expanding by only 50 per cent, according to a new report.

South Africa: Eskom Faces Off With Soweto, Blames Illegal Electricity Connections

[Daily Maverick] Although Eskom admitted that 'only a small part of Soweto' was impacted by electricity disconnections, the power utility said the 'blackouts were caused by illegal connections of electricity to the national grid by some residents'. Soweto residents said Eskom carried out arbitrary and discriminatory electricity disconnections at non-paying and paying households.

Nigeria: How Nigerians Suffer From Poor Electricity Regulation

[Premium Times] On April 12, 2017, Aliyu Umar, 27, began his day, carefully preparing a charcoal fire with which he would prepare breakfast of noodles, bread, fried eggs and tea for his early morning customers.

Africa: How Increased Energy Demand Can Grow Africa's Economy - Report

[Premium Times] The African economy has the potential to grow fourfold, with energy demands expanding by only 50 per cent, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

Nigeria: Negative Implication of NERCs New Tariff Regime

[Daily Trust] Abuja -The economic strength of any nation is largely measured by the amount of its stable electricity generation, distribution, and yes, consumption and ultimately production. A few weeks ago, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, apparently without recourse to the distribution companies who are to bear the brunt of any increases in tariff, announced electricity tariff increase across the country. In the same notice, NERC announced its intention to withdraw operating licenses of 8 Discos that it

Liberia: Former Energy Minister Cautions Charity Group

[New Dawn] Former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Dr. Eugene Shannon has challenged officials of a leading Liberian Charity, Crowd 50 to make integrity, selflessness and love for country and organization the cornerstone of their administration.Dr. Shannon said leaders of Crowd 50 must always be willing to listen, serve with distinction and above all put service to the people above personal interests.

Ghana: U.S.$2 Billion Sinohydro Projects to Begin Soon

[Ghanaian Times] Projects under the US$2 billion Sinohydro Agreement between Ghana and China aimed at addressing major infrastructure challenges in the country are expected to commence soon

South Africa: Eskom System Remains Vulnerable

[SAnews.gov.za] Power company Eskom says the system remains constrained and vulnerable with generating plants performing at very low levels of reliability.

Ghana: China Releases Funding for Sinohydro Roads - Vice President Bawumia Reveals

[Ghana Presidency] The first tranche of the 'bauxite for development' barter agreement, popularly known as Sinohydro deal, signed between the Government of Ghana and the People's Republic of China has been released, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed.

Kenya: Report Shows Kenyans' Popular Cooking Solutions

[Nation] The traditional three-stone open fire has remained the most commonly used cooking technology in Kenya with 58.1 per cent of the population using it to date, according to the "Kenya Cooking Sector Report".

Zimbabwe: Hwange Fault Spawns Extra Load-Shedding

[The Herald] ZESA is implementing prolonged load-shedding of up to 18 hours a day following a fault at Hwange Power Station yesterday afternoon.

Nigeria: NNPC Expands Pipeline Networks to Meet Domestic Gas Demand

[This Day] The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it is expanding and integrating gas pipeline network in the country to meet unprecedented demand of the substance.

Ghana: How Civil Servants Sought to Resist Political Pressure

[The Conversation Africa] Electricity is a hot political issue in Ghana. Ghanaians demand access to the electricity grid as a right of citizenship. And, when not connected, they have threatened in the past to boycott national elections with slogans such as: "No light, no vote!"

Africa: Investment to Make Continent a World Leader in Renewables

[IPS] Johannesburg, South Africa -Africa, where close to half of its 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, is set to become a world leader in renewable energy. As global business and development leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), held Nov. 11 to 13, one of the key focuses of the deals being discussed was around sustainable, renewable energy.

Investment case for LNG imports into South Africa to be completed by year-end

State-owned logistics group Transnet says the investment case for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into South Africa will be completed by year-end and that the solution will be aligned with the anticipated drop-off in gas imports from Mozambique from 2023 onwards. The study is being undertaken in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and will seek to ensure that existing and future industrial demand is met, along with demand that is expected to arise from the country’s gas-to-power programme, including the conversion of existing diesel generators to gas.

Nigeria: CBN, FIRS to Verify Financial Documents of Eight DISCOs

[This Day] Abuja -In line with its ongoing scrutiny of the operations of electricity distributions companies (Discos), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) would be invited to verify every financial documents submitted to it by the eight Discos currently facing regulatory actions for reportedly failing to abide by the terms of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 (EPSRA).

Kenya: Counties Critical in Upscaling Renewable Energy

[Nation] Nine million households have access to off-grid energy, shows a Ministry of Energy survey, as renewable energy accounts for about 70 per cent of Kenya's installed capacity compared to the global average of 24 per cent.

West Africa: How Nigeria Can Reap From N13.2trn Ecowas Electricity Plan

[Daily Trust] The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is implementing a $36.4 billion (about N13. 2 trillion) Energy Master Plan for the development of West African regional generation and transmission infrastructure between 2019 and 2033.

South Africa: The Transition From Fossils to Renewables and Its Impact On Consumer Prices

[The Conversation Africa] The transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energies is a global pursuit. But it's faster and more intensive in some countries than others. Take the case of South Africa. Heavily dependent on coal, the country is proceeding with a more intense transition in which renewable energies are set to play a growing role.

Zimbabwe: Spare Diamond Firm Any Load Shedding, Says Minister Gwaradzimba

[New Zimbabwe] The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) should be spared ongoing load shedding by power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), a government official said.

Western Cape government to drive gas agenda

The Western Cape government has completed a comprehensive study to assess the feasibility of importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Saldanha Bay and developing gas storage, transmission and distribution infrastructure along the West Coast corridor. The study confirms that the Western Cape Integrated LNG Importation and Gas-to-Power project should be feasible based on projected market demand for LNG, the performance of underlying assets of the project and its overall socioeconomic benefit to the province.

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021

The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) is looking to escalate the implementation of energy management in South African industry to allow companies to benefit from the support of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project before the project ends in 2020/21. The IEE Project is implemented in partnership with United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Department of Energy and the South African Energy Development Institute. According to NCPC-SA project manager Inga Magodla, this will involve establishing demonstration sites to  assist companies in implementing energy efficiency recommendations at plants and factories.

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A significant reason for this is that compressed air is an expensive form of motive power, at R0.12/m3 as an average cost to a company.

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines

Gauteng-based valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) has expanded its offering for slurry and abrasive applications with the introduction of the Titan metal-seated ball valve from Durban-based valve manufacturer Natal Pipe & Valve (NPV). “We now have a complete range of slurry valves, which also include knife-gate, pinch and diaphragm valves,” says UCV managing member Peter Telle.